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Judas, My Brother: Nikos Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ with Slavoj Žižek

Judas, My Brother: Nikos Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ with Slavoj Žižek Virginia nickles OsbOrne Judas, My Brother Nikos Kazantzakis’ e L Th ast Temptation of Christ with Slavoj Žižek a Th t a good man may have his back to the wall is no more than we knew already; but that God could have his back to the wall is a boast for all insurgents forever. G. K. Chesterton The 1955 publication of Nikos Kazantzakis’ e L Th ast Temptation of Christ was met with religious controversy. Labeling the novel blasphemous, the Roman Catholic Church placed it on their list of forbidden books and the Greek Orthodox Church in Athens attempted unsuccessfully to excommunicate its author. In the United States, Christian fundamentalists sought to have the work removed from li 1 braries. Given Kazantzakis’ depiction of the human frailty of Jesus and his revisionist p - or trayal of Judas as one of the most loyal disciples, the novel was, in many cases, labeled blasphemous. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the novel, however, the work itself has received very little critical attention in English; rather, scholarship has focused primarily on the Christian reaction to the book and the public reception of Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film adaptation. Only a handful of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Judas, My Brother: Nikos Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ with Slavoj Žižek

The Comparatist , Volume 43 – Nov 15, 2019

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Virginia nickles OsbOrne Judas, My Brother Nikos Kazantzakis’ e L Th ast Temptation of Christ with Slavoj Žižek a Th t a good man may have his back to the wall is no more than we knew already; but that God could have his back to the wall is a boast for all insurgents forever. G. K. Chesterton The 1955 publication of Nikos Kazantzakis’ e L Th ast Temptation of Christ was met with religious controversy. Labeling the novel blasphemous, the Roman Catholic Church placed it on their list of forbidden books and the Greek Orthodox Church in Athens attempted unsuccessfully to excommunicate its author. In the United States, Christian fundamentalists sought to have the work removed from li 1 braries. Given Kazantzakis’ depiction of the human frailty of Jesus and his revisionist p - or trayal of Judas as one of the most loyal disciples, the novel was, in many cases, labeled blasphemous. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the novel, however, the work itself has received very little critical attention in English; rather, scholarship has focused primarily on the Christian reaction to the book and the public reception of Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film adaptation. Only a handful of

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Published: Nov 15, 2019

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