“Aniforos” (“The Ascent”), the only so far unpublished novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, is presented in Crete
On October 26, 2022, exactly 65 years since the death of Nikos Kazantzakis, his only so far unpublished novel, The Ascent, was released for the first time in all bookstores in Greece.
The first public presentation of Aniforos will take place on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 18.00 in the "Giorgos Anemogiannis" hall of the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum in Myrtia, Crete.
The speakers will be Konstantinos Papadopoulos, publisher of Dioptra publications, Thanasis Agathos, Associate Professor of Modern Greek Philology, Greek Philology, and Paraskevi Vassiliadis, Minister of Doctor of Modern Greek Philology EKPA & Curator of Kazantzakis Museum Collections.
The presentation will be coordinated by Marilena Milathianaki, Director of the Kazantzakis Museum.
After the presentation, the periodic exhibition entitled "The Ascent: The known-unknown work of Nikos Kazantzakis" will be inaugurated at the Museum, in which visitors will have the opportunity to see the manuscript of the Aniforos, which is kept and exhibited in the Museum, as well as evidence relating to the authorship, its historical setting and the history of the manuscript. The periodic exhibition will last until 31 /3/2023 and it's accessible during the days and opening hours of the Museum with the regular entrance ticket.
The exhibition is held with the support of the Region of Crete.
The handover of Aniforos to readers and scholars more than 75 years after it was written is not only a great literary moment for our country but also a special cultural event.
This is a pioneering and very important work for its time, as the great Cretan writer attempts to capture the post-war era of Greece and Europe, emphasizing the issue of empathy and reflection on the past.
Aniforos will be an important link in the work of Nikos Kazantzakis, since, as it will become clear to the readers, it is a creation of the great author, which stands right next to his other masterpieces.