Dr Zdenko Zlatar - The Poetics of Exile - Saturday 6th May


The Poetics of Exile: Kazantzakis and El Greco

The Sydney Branch of the International Society of the Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis presents a lecture commemorating Sixty years of Kazantzakis’ death (1957-2017) by Dr Zdenko Zlatar, Vice President of the Sydney Branch, Honorary Reader in History, The University of Sydney.

Nikkos Kazantzakis is best known for his novels, Zorba the Greek, and The Last Temptation of Christ, both made into internationally-acclaimed motion pictures. When he chose to write his autobiography, he gave it a title, Report to Greco. Kazantzakis had a life-long admiration for and interest in the great painter who spent the last half of his life (1577-1614) in Toledo, in the heart of Spain. El Greco’s greatest work is his Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the Santo Tomé Church in Toledo. Both Kazantzakis and El Greco chose to produce their greatest works in self-imposed exile: Kazantzakis in Antibes, France, and El Greco in Toledo.

It is the view presented in this lecture that exile, though voluntary, shaped decisively their finest works, and defined their attitudes toward life and their own works. The relationship between Kazantzakis and El Greco will be explained with specific reference to The Burial.


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Date and time: : Saturday 6th May, 3.30 for 4pm

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