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Candide by Voltaire : A French Satire
by Voltaire and William F. Fleming and Philip Littell


Overview - Candide By Voltaire - A French Satire - COMPLETE EDITION - CLASSIC LITERATURE - Candide, ou l'Optimisme, is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947).  Read more...

 
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More About Candide by Voltaire by Voltaire; William F. Fleming; Philip Littell
 
 
 
Overview
Candide By Voltaire - A French Satire - COMPLETE EDITION - CLASSIC LITERATURE - Candide, ou l'Optimisme, is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply Optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden," in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." Candide is characterised by its sarcastic tone, as well as by its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a story similar to that of a more serious bildungsroman, it parodies many adventure and romance clich s, the struggles of which are caricatured in a tone that is mordantly matter-of-fact. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years' War and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the problem of evil, so too does Candide in this short novel, albeit more directly and humorously. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781499128482
  • ISBN-10: 1499128487
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 98
  • Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.41 pounds


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