Toda-Raba is the fruit of Nikos Kazantzakis' deep, thrilling acquaintance with the Soviet Union. Landscapes exotic, industrial, each with its own colours and smells, are brought to life by the inimitable pen of our universal writer, in a novel that is strange, mysterious and, ultimately, terrifyingly prophetic.
“Which wild beast is more bloodthirsty than a tiger? A New Idea.”
Tonda-Raba, an African man, leaves his tribe and his god to make a pilgrimage to Russia. And it is he who, with his violence, paganism and humanity, represents the wave of the future.
In this book, originally written by Nikos Kazantzakis in the French language, the beautiful landscapes of Russia alternate with the industrial expanses. Colours, smells, sounds, friendships and human relationships, everything is captivatingly described in this multi-sensual chronicle of Russia.