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"The Cretan Glance, is that special attitude, that conjunction of outward stance and inner poise, that, for Nikos Kazantzakis, represented both man's finest confrontation with his destiny and his best hope for continuing the struggle toward an ineluctable failure, but with one's dignity preserved and even increased. ...The Odyssey(GR. Oδύσσεια) of Kazantzakis is very much concerned with myth as a way of dealing with life itself, and Kazantzakis insisted that, through closeness to myth (old and new), man could find meaning in life, and control and order his own life and art..."
From: Kazantzakis's "Cretan Glance" and his "Politics of Salvation" by JOHN E. REXINE, http://triceratops.brynmawr.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10066/5289/Rexine_9_1.pdf?sequence=1

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