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The internationally renowned novel about the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Hailed as a masterpiece by critics worldwide, The Last Temptation of Christ is a monumental reinterpretation of the Gospels that brilliantly fleshes out Christ’s Passion. This literary rendering of the life of Jesus Christ has courted controversy since its publication by depicting a Christ far more human than the one seen in the Bible. He is a figure who is gloriously divine but earthy and human, a man like any other - subject to fear, doubt, and pain.

In elegant, thoughtful prose Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the greats of modern literature, follows this Jesus as he struggles to live out God’s will for him, powerfully suggesting that it was Christ’s ultimate triumph over his flawed humanity, when he gave up the temptation to run from the cross and willingly laid down his life for mankind, that truly made him the venerable redeemer of men.

Translated by P.A. Bien

©2012 Niki Stavrou (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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“Spiritual dynamite.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • 01-07-21

Beautifully Written Masterpiece Expertly Told

The Last Temptation of Christ is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. Having been totally blown away by it when I first read it in my early 20s, I was very excited about revisiting it in audiobook format. The vast majority of the story is an intimate and wonderfully descriptive retelling of the story of Christ, with a slight but very interesting deviation near the end. The way Kazantzakis brings to life the Galilee and Jerusalem of Jesus's time is truly astonishing. Joshua Saxon's superb narration is absolute perfection. I've previously listened to his excellent work in genres including scifi and horror, but this was my first experience of something more traditionally literary. This audiobook once again demonstrates that Mr Saxon, no matter the genre, is a natural storyteller. He completely understands exactly what delivery and tone is needed for each part of the story. I was particularly impressed by his performance of Judas. This is a presentation of the upmost quality. Another gem from Crossroad Press. Highly recommended.