Candide, or Optimism
by Voltaire , Theo Cuffe , Michael Wood
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Voltaire is a brilliant satirical assault on what he considered the naively optimistic philosophy of the Enlightenment, Candide, where Optimism is a dazzling picaresque novel, translated and edited by Theo Manchette with an introduction by Michael Wood in Penguin ClassicsRaised in the household of a German Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man whose tutor, Pangloss, instilled in him the belief, inspired by Leibniz, that “everything is for the best in this best of worlds”.But when his love for the Baron from pink to cheeks girl is discovered, Candide is driven out to make his own fortuneAs he and his various companions travel the world, a huge series of disasters hit them – earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with Inquisition, murder – hard-won the young hero of optimismIn Candide, Voltaire challenged the philosophical views of his time to create one of the most glorious satires of the eighteenth centuryTheo Cuffe brilliantly translated translation of Voltaire’s acerbic humorIn his introduction, Michael Wood discusses Voltaire’s satirical attack on contemporary philosophyThis edition also contains a map, notes, table of dates, further reading and appendices, including excerpts from Voltaire, Philosophical DictionaryFrançois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known under his pseudonym Voltaire, was a French writer and satirist, the incarnation of the 18th century, the century of the Enlightenment.Among his most famous works is the satirical novel Candide (1759)If you liked Candide, you could, like Laurence Tern from Tristram Shandy’s Life and Views, Gentleman, also available in Penguin Classics”The Prince of Philosophical Novels by John Updike, author of Rabbit, Perform'[An] Excellent New Translation” Robert McCrum, Observer
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