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Title: Freedom or Death
Author: Nikos Kazantzakis
Translated by:Georgi Kufov
Cover design by:Viktor Paunov
Pages:640 pages
Size:13 х 20 cm
Price:22,00 lv.
Captain Michalis is a 1953 novel by the Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis. It is known as "Freedom or Death" in the United Kingdom. The writer was influenced by his early years on the island of Crete and uses explicit Cretan Greek words and the Cretan idiom in a way that preserves it untouched. It is one of the most widely read books of modern Greek literature which has been translated and published in several languages. The book deals with the rebellion of the Cretans against the Ottoman Empire in the year 1889.

It is thought that the book is titled after Kazantzakis' father Michalis Kazantzakis from whom the writer was inspired. The word Captain is not used in its naval or military rank sense, but more as a chieftain title given to prominent members of the Cretan society. "Freedom or Death" was added as a subtitle to the second edition in Greek released by Difros publishers in Athens in 1955 and was the preferred English (US) title. In the UK the book was published as "Freedom or Death". It is a translation of Eleftheria i thanatos, the national motto of Greece, derived from the Greek War of Independence and used by Cretan rebels such as the book's protagonist.
Nikos Kazantzakis is one of the most under appreciated authors of the 20th century. The fact that this book, arguably his greatest work, is out of print is a prime example of that fact. Many readers have come to the mistaken conclusion that this book is primarily about the Greek, more specifically Cretan, struggle for freedom from Ottoman rule. The subject of this book is far greater. This book is truly about man's struggle for freedom from his own shortcomings. Some may even argue that Kazantzakis is seeking not only to define his own struggle, but also to understand his father. Captain Mihalis (The primary character in the books) is patterned after the author's own father.

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