famous cretans writers

Nikos Kazantzakis (Heraklion February 18 1883 - Freiburg Germany October 26, 1957) was a Greek writer, rich in literary, poetic and translation work. Recognized as one of the most important contemporary Greek writers as the most translated in the world. became even better known through the film performance of the works of Christ Recrucified, Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas and The Last Temptation. He was one of the most respected by the people and of the most recognized authors abroad. From 1945 to 1948 he was president of the Society of Greek Literature

O Vitsentzos Kornaros (March 26th 1553-1613 or 1614) was a Cretan poet. Considered one of the main representatives of Cretan literature, author of the narrative poem Erotokritos


Odysseus Elytis (Heraklion November 2, 1911 - Athens March 18, 1996), was one of the most important Greek poets. Was distinguished in 1960 with the National Poetry Prize and in 1979 the Nobel Prize for Literature, the second and last to date Greek who was awarded the Nobel Prize. Known poetic works are the Axion Esti, Sun first, Guidelines etc. He formed a personal poetic idiom and is considered one of the innovators of Greek poetry. Many poems set to music, while collections have been translated so far into many foreign languages


Dominikos Theotokopoulos (1541 - April 7th, 1614), known also by Spanish nickname El Greco, Cretan was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. He lived most of his life away from his homeland, creating the main body of his work in Italy and Spain. She was trained as a painter in Crete, which was then part of the Venetian territory, and later traveled to Venice. In Italy it was influenced by the great masters of Italian art, like Tintoretto and Titian, of which he was a student, adopting elements from Mannerism. In 1577 he settled in Toledo, where he lived until the end of his life and has completed some of the best-known works

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