Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis is the original work of inspirational fiction - a delightful tale which has changed the lives of generations of readers.
Nikos Kazantzakis was born in 1883 in Herakleion on the island of Crete. His remarkable travels began in 1907 and there were few countries in Europe or Asia that he didn't visit. He studied Buddhism in Vienna and later belonged to a group of radical intellectuals in Berlin, where he began his great epic The Odyssey, which he completed in 1938. He didn't start writing novels until he was almost 60 and completed his most famous work, Zorba the Greek, in 1946. Other novels include Freedom and Death (1953) and The Last Temptation (1954), which the Vatican placed on the Index. Return to Greco, an autobiographical novel, was published in 1961. Nikos Kazantzakis finally settled in Antibes with his second wife, where he died in 1957 from leukaemia. His tomb stone reads: 'I hope for nothing. I fear for nothing. I am free.'