Judas the Cat (Nikos Kazantzakis’ Marxist-ish Tempter) Cover Image

Judasz kot (marksizujący kusiciel Nikosa Kazantzakisa)
Judas the Cat (Nikos Kazantzakis’ Marxist-ish Tempter)

Author(s): Stefan Radziszewski
Published by: Fundacja Naukowa Katolików »Eschaton«
Keywords: Judas; betrayal; traitor; Gospel; Jesus

Summary/Abstract: In this paper I analyze the character of Judas in the famous Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel. In The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus is weak and full of doubt, and Judas is a volcano of energy. Furthermore, the Greek writer of his Judas makes a superman. Only through Jesus take his help to fulfill the mission for which it was intended. Judas is a realist novels, while Jesus lives in a dream world. Finally, Judas wins, but he is true to himself. Creation of Judas in Kazantzakis is different both from what we know from the Gospel of John, as well as the version of the apocryphal Gospel of Judas. Kazantzakis, however, does not tell the history of Judas as the next version of the fall of the traitor apostle, but announces original (although the opposite of ecclesiastical orthodoxy) version of Judas – a man who struggles with God (and even against God) for his own immortality.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 119-138
  • Page Count: 20