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Candide (Electronic book text)
Candide (Electronic book text): Voltaire
Candide (Electronic book text): Voltaire

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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. 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 cliches, 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. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism.


Imprint: Lulu.Com
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: December 2013
Authors: Voltaire
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-1-304-69361-7
Barcode: 9781304693617
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-304-69361-9

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