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The Great Cretan Artistic Rebels: El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis

This tour focuses on the celebrated Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation,  in the company of Dr Jane MacKay who has spent a lifetime in pursuit of her passion for great literature. Kazantzakis was one of the most important Greek writers and philosophers of the 20th Century, influenced by the writings of Nietzsche and Bergson and by the philosophies behind Marxism, Christianity and Buddhism. We will also learn about the works of ‘El Greco’ (Domenikos Theotokopoulos 1541-1614), born in Crete and immensely admired by Kazantzakis, which resulted in his wonderful spiritual autobiography “Report to Greco”. Dr. Mackay will talk about their works and we will visit places connected with them both.

Your lecturer - Dr. Jane MacKay
Dr. Jane Mackay has spent a lifetime in pursuit of her passion for great literature. A graduate of three universities, with a first in literature from the University of Stirling, Jane embarked on a successful teaching career in Colleges and Universities in Scotland and England teaching literature, creative writing and media studies. Alongside her teaching career Jane worked for a number of years editing the novels of prize-wining authors. Since the year 2000 she has been a free-lance lecturer in world literature in England and the USA. Currently she speaks regularly to capacity audiences throughout the UK. The transfer of Jane's recorded talks onto CD is a response to demand from her audiences and a testament to her penetrating insight and compelling, accessible style.

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