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Kazantzakis, Nikos

Born: 1883 AD
Died: 1957 AD
Nationality: Greek
Categories: Novelists, Poets

1883 – Born on the 18th of February in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. 1902 – Kazantzakis began the study of law at the University of Athens. 1907 – Went to Paris to study philosophy, where he studied under Henri Bergson. 1914 – He met Angelos Sikelianos. Together they travelled for two years in places where Greek Christian culture flourished, largely influenced by the enthusiastic nationalism of Sikelianos. 1919 – Director General of the Ministry of Social Relief. 1945 – He became the leader of a small party on the noncommunist left, and entered the Greek government as Minister without Portfolio. He resigned this post the following year. 1946 – The Society of Greek Writers recommended that Kazantzakis and Angelos Sikelianos be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 1957 – He lost the Prize to Albert Camus by one vote. Camus later said that Kazantzakis deserved the honour "a hundred times more" than himself. 1957 – Died on the 26th of October in Freiburg, Germany.