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Disarmingly own and extremely philosophical, Report to Greco is a fictionalized account of Greek thinker and author Nikos Kazantzakis’s personal existence, a kind of highbrow autobiography that leads readers via his wide-ranging observations on every thing from the Hegelian dialectic to the character of human lifestyles, all framed as a report back to the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco. The assuredness of Kazantzakis’s prose and the nimbleness of his considering as he grapples with life’s crucial questions—who are we, and the way may still we be within the world?—will encourage awe and greater than a bit mirrored image from readers looking to resolution those questions for themselves.

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My 34 On Dissidents and Madness suitcase was searched, but not more than at other times. Afterwards, I went through passport control and noted that, again, these men were watching from a distance, but again nothing unusual happened. At the last checkpoint before boarding the plane, where the hand luggage was checked, the two men were waiting for me, together with two colleagues. I was taken aside, told to undress, bend over, and a body search followed. In the meantime, my hand luggage was carefully checked, piece by piece.

But radio programs could not compensate for the lack of first hand knowledge about life in the capitalist Western societies. Contacts with friends or relatives in the West were discouraged and at least carefully monitored. Copying machines were forbidden and even typewriters were often registered in order to be able to disclose the author of “undesirable texts” based on the” finger print” of the typewriter used. This was the Soviet Union ruled by Leonid Brezhnev, the man who replaced the boorish Ukrainian Nikita Khrushchev in 1964 and subsequently ruled the country for more than sixteen years.

In order to check this, I repeatedly unplugged the phone in my hotel room, and the effect was astonishing: within ten minutes somebody would be in front of my door shouting that I should reconnect the phone, and that it was unacceptable because of potential fire alarm. Apparently they immediately noticed that the phone was disconnected. Sometimes a meeting was organized that had to remain under the radar of the KGB. Perhaps the meeting might put a person in danger, or because the goal of the meeting should remain a secret.

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