“IN VAIN, MY CHRIST, IN VAIN…”: KAZANTZAKIS’ CHRIST RECRUCIFIED
KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. Christ Recrucified. Oxford: Bruno Cassirer, (1954). Octavo, original mustard cloth, original dust jacket. $400.
First English edition, published the same year as the first.
“Kazantzakis barely escaped excommunication for Christ Recrucified, set in a remote Greek village under Turkish occupation, where the villagers put on a Passion Play and find themselves taking their roles on into their everyday lives” (Clute & Grant, 532). Written during the final stages of the Greek Civil War, Kazantzakis’ novel is “an implicit and sustained allusion” to that conflict and also “a modern parable of man’s inability to grasp the means of his own salvation” (Beaton, 244). Originally published in New York in 1954 as The Greek Passion, under which title it served as the basis for Bohuslav Martinu’s 1961 opera. It also inspired director Jules Dassin’s 1957 film Celui qui doit mourir (He Who Must Die). Williams, 35. Boyden, 485.
Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with shallow chipping to edges, tear with loss to bottom corner of front panel, light toning to spine. An attractive copy.