Oxford, Bruno Cassirer, 1956 (first English edition).
Octavo; cloth unevenly sunned; inner hinges splitting (but binding remains firm); a very good copy with the dustwrapper chipped and torn.
First published in Greek as "Captain Michalis", '"Freedom and Death" is Kazantzakis's modern "Iliad". The context is Crete in the late nineteenth century, the epic struggle between Greeks and Turks, between Christianity and Islam. A new uprising takes place ... and the island is thrown into confusion yet ... In the village of Megalokastro a Cretan resistance fighter, Captain Michales, is matched by the Turkish bey, his blood-brother. The life of the local community continues shakily, but is disrupted by explosions of violence.' (Faber website).