Nikos Kazantzakis’s trips to the USSR in the 1920s

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2024 Number 26

Nikos Kazantzakis’s trips to the USSR in the 1920s


This article examines the three journeys undertaken by the Greek writer and intellectual Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) to the Soviet Union during the 1920s. It also investigates his involvement with communism during the interludes between these journeys and his subsequent activities. By scrutinising the conditions under which these journeys were conducted, this paper sheds light on the influence of communism on Nikos Kazantzakis, his receptivity to communist ideology, and its integration into his distinctive worldview. Furthermore, this examination elucidates the communist movement’s strategic planning regarding the travels of intellectuals from Western countries, and the incorporation of these journeys into the cultural diplomacy of the Soviet Union.

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To cite this article
VASILIS MOSCHOS (2024) Nikos Kazantzakis’s trips to the USSR in the 1920s, Twentieth Century Communism, 2024(26), 20-44

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