The International Society of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Friends commemorated the 55th anniversary of the author’s death, who passed away in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, on October 26, 1957 at the age of 74.
A full list of events commemorating the writer will be announced in April, and include events such as literary gatherings that will be organized in the City of Mexico focusing “Around Nikos Kazantzakis’ work”, and also in Munich in March on “Kazantzakis and Germany”, in Geneva and Brussels in May, etc.
Two exhibitions will also run in Greece; the first one at the Egyptian Cultural Center in Athens, from February 28 until March 3, on “Kazantzakis and the Arab World”, and the second one at the International Thessaloniki Book Fair, from the 26th to the 29th of April on “Kazantzakis and Zorbas, two free men”.
Exhibitions will also be organized abroad, in Madrid in April (Kazantzakis and Crete), in Beijing in May (On Kazantzakis and writer Lu Xun), but also in Harare in November, with participation from local painters who will be presenting their artworks, inspired by the work of the great Cretan.
Since December 14, 1988, when the International Society of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Friends was founded by Eleni Kazantzaki, George Stassinakis, and George Anemogiannis, the society has added over 5.000 registered members in over 105 countries worldwide.
Meanwhile, the World Council of Cretans unite their voices with the Society through their announcement, requesting the Greek state to take initiative as soon as possible to save the work of our great thinker, “through a serious publication, re-publication, distribution and translation”, aiming for a worthy promotion and proper utilization of his work.