First Greek Edition of "one of the most widely read books of modern Greek literature " Nikos Kazantzakis' Captain Michalis; Signed by Him

  • Captain Michalis or Freedom and Death.

Captain Michalis or Freedom and Death.

$4,000.00

Item Number: 5746

Athens: 1953.

First Greek edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Nikos Kazantzakis. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and wear to the spine. First editions are rare.

Captain Michalis or Freedom and Death is one of the most widely read books of modern Greek literature which has been translated and published in several languages. 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 and Death, which were the last words in the book. The expression comes from the Greek national motto "Freedom or Death" (Eleftheria i thanatos), derived from the Greek War of Independence and used by Cretan rebels.

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