Куда плывет Одиссей? О мифотворческом проекте Никоса Казандзакиса

Translated title of the contribution: Where does Odysseus sail to? About a mythmaking project of Nikos Kazantzakis

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Nikos Kazantzakis published his “Odyssey” in 1938. He regarded it as the most important work in his life. It presents his main literary, philosophic, religious and linguistic ideas. However, Greek readers in general neither accepted this new epic, nor understood its language. Later, Kazantzakis repeated his ideas in his novels which were a success unlike his poem. Only the English translation of the “Odyssey” will be highly appreciated by European and American critics, philologists and poets and will attract many readers only after Kazantzakis’ death. The “Odyssey” is an extremely friendly text for any kind of analysis. One can look for direct literary and textual parallels with Homer, Erotokritos, Dante, James Joyce, ancient and contemporary philosophy, describe mythopoetics or study its unique language. In this contribution we investigate some connections between the “Odyssey” and the Russian culture. There are a lot of common motifs, but more important and interesting are typological similarities with the basic topoi patterns of Russian literature of the 19th century: romantic escape, “Russian traveler”, the “Russian European”, departure as an aspiration for the new birth. Such kind of comparative analysis makes possible to regard the “Odyssey” as a Kazantzakis’ mythmaking project aimed to create the New Greek culture.
Translated title of the contributionWhere does Odysseus sail to? About a mythmaking project of Nikos Kazantzakis
Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)157-180
Number of pages24
JournalИндоевропейское языкознание и классическая филология
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020
EventИндоевропейское языкознание и классическая филология – XXIV (чтения памяти профессора И. М. Тронского): Ежегодная международная конференция - Санкт-Петербург, Russian Federation
Duration: 22 Jun 202024 Jun 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics


  • Modern Greek literature
  • Nikos Kazantzakis
  • The Odyssey by Kazantzakis
  • mythmaking in the Modern history
  • topoi of the Modern history
  • Russian literature


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