Kazantzakis seems to have studied – absorbed – the places of the Bible, bringing individual landscapes and particularities vividly to life. I can’t recall a land being likened to air, rendering it ethereal and haze-shimmering.
‘… the Land of Canaan, like embroidered air, many-coloured, richly ornamented, and trembling.’
See also his depiction of the Promised Land.
Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 13
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