Freedom and Death is Kazantzakis's modern Iliad. The context is Crete in the late nineteenth century, the epic struggle between Greeks and Turks, between Christianity and Islam.
A new uprising takes place to rival those of 1854, 1866 and 1878, and the island is thrown into confusion yet again.
In the village of Megalokastro a Cretan resistance fighter, Captain Michales, is matched by the Turkish bey, his blood-brother.
The life of the local community continues shakily, but is disrupted by explosions of violence.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/11/1995
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571178575