You would not expect that this unusual hue – wheat-complexioned – describes a young and uncertain Jesus. Kazantzakis’ surprising version of Christ’s life was intended as a universal story of a man’s struggle and triumph, to lend encouragement to our own strivings.

‘Terror suddenly poured over the sleeper’s dark wheat-complexioned face.’


Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 14

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