Books: Last of the Sweaty Saints

THE FRATRICIDES by Nikos Kazantzakis. 254 pages. Simon & Schuster. $5.

A fervent recorder of wars and revolutions, the late Nikos Kazantzakis knew that progress is often ushered in by violence. But the 1947-49 Greek civil war seemed to him beyond all reason. "The criminals have cut Greece in two, as if she were not alive," cries the priest-hero of his last novel. "And each piece has gone mad and wants to eat the other. I stand alone, deserted, and no matter whose corpse I see, my heart aches; because I see a part of...

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