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"You Have the Paintbrushes...[you have the colours, paint Paradise and enter]"

Updated: Dec 29, 2022


Book tour for the best selling book by Niki Stavrou and Giorgos Pratanos, based on 33 life-lessons found in Nikos Kazantzakis's books.



You have the brushes, you have the colours, paint Paradise and enter!

Nikos Kazantzakis


The essence of Kazantzakis's philosophy is that the human soul is so powerful that we already have everything we need to design our life according to our own version of Paradise.

The Nikos Kazantzakis Estate CEO Niki Stavrou concluded her book-tour at “Upper House Attica” and Thessalonika's historical bookstore "Konstantinides Books" for the nonfiction book "You Have the Brushes..." which she co-authored with awarded journalist Giorgos Pratanos, published by Dioptra Editions.

The book, which is quickly becoming a best seller, distills and highlights the most essential tools for personal growth and emotional wellness found in the entirety of Nikos Kazantzakis's books, proving yet again, how relevant his works still are today. Nikos Kazantzakis remains the most widely translated modern Greek author, and his works are circulating in more than 50 countries.


This book "You Have the Brushes..." is not the average self-help guide. It is the distilment of the entirety of Nikos Kazantzakis's personal world view about human responsibility, empathy, joy, kindness and duty. "You have the brushes, you have the colors, so paint Paradise and enter it!" reads the rest of the excerpt, which reflects the very essence of Kazantzakis's philosophy: that the human soul is so powerful that we already have everything we need to not only progress, but to design our life according to our own version of Paradise.


A few words about writing the book:


Those who know and love the works of Nikos Kazantzakis tend to repeat that his works contain all the spiritual tools one needs to overcome any crisis. So, one day, Giorgos Pratanos and Niki Stavrou decided to put these words to the test; they created a guide, a compendium of life lessons from the entirety of the works of #NikosKazantzakis.


Kazantzakis is one of the few people who turned every thought into action, who experienced everything he stood for, and who understood that the only way for resurrection is through crucifixion; who gave us tools to keep us from succumbing to the difficulties and challenges of everyday life. Who encourages to keep going, stubbornly like Zorba, fearlessly like Kapetan Michalis, intelligently like Daedalus, passionately like Manolis, and generously like St Francis of Assisi.


And if we do experience fear, we should grasp the hands of our loved ones tightly, continue on our path and look Fear straight in the eyes; only then will Fear fear us and vanish.



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