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Candide: The Optimist

Candide: The Optimist

by François-Marie Voltaire


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One of France's Best Loved Philosophical Novels.
This Edition is in both English and French

Published in 1759, Candide is considered Voltaire's signature work, and it is here that he levels his sharpest criticism against nobility, philosophy, the church, and cruelty. Though often considered a representative text of the Enlightenment, the novel actually savagely satires a number of Enlightenment philosophies and demonstrates that the Enlightenment was a far from monolithic movement.

Candide begins in the German town of Westphalia, where Candide, a young man, lives in the castle of Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh. A noted philosopher, Doctor Pangloss, tutors the baron on philosophical optimism, the idea that "all is for the best . . . in this best of all worlds." Candide, a simple man, first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church, he begins to doubt the voracity of Pangloss's theory. Thus, philosophical optimism is the focus of Votaire's satire; anti-war and anti-church refrains also run throughout the novel.

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ISBN-13: 9781974277957
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2017
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

As a writer, Voltaire soon became legendary throughout France for his sharp epigrams. His quick wit brought him fame, and with fame came a good deal of trouble. As a result of expressing his bitter, satirical wit.
Considered in France as one of their greatest philosopher, critics and thinks. It is loved for both is sharp wit and intellectual thought on social and the meaning of life.

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