|Jacques the Fatalist (1796) [Novel]|
by Denis Diderot
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(From the publisher):
Jacques the Fatalist is Diderot's answer to the problem of existence. If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? Where are Jacques and his Master going? Are they simply occupying space, living mechanically until they die, believing erroneously that they are in charge of their Destiny? Diderot intervenes to cheat our expectations of what fiction should be and do, and behaves like a provocative, ironic, and unfailingly entertaining master of revels which finally show why Fate is not to be equated with doom.
Original title: Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
This work has been adapted as the following works :
Jacques and His Master (1981) [Play]
Author: Milan Kundera
- Though originally published posthumously in 1796, Diderot began work on the text in 1760 and continued writing it for over a decade. He worked on it as a personal project and never intended on having it published.