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Book Information: Candide

Candide (1759) [Novel]
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Summary :

Candide was the most brilliant challenge to the idea endemic in Voltaire's day, that 'all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds'.

It was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia that this 'optimism' concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the 'all for the best' approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to natural disasters - such as the recent earthquakes in Lima and Lisbon - not to mention the questions of illness and man-made war. Moreover, as the rebel whose satiric genius had earned him not only international acclaim, but two stays in the Bastille, flogging and exile, Voltaire knew personally what suffering involved.

In Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrious variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a 'matapysico-theologo-cosmolo-nigologist' of unflinching optimism. The result is one of the glories of the eighteenth-century satire.

Original title: Candide
Original languages: French

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Fiction of the Absurd (1980) [Anthology]
      Authors: Franz Kafka , Albert Camus , Samuel Beckett , Voltaire , Joseph Heller , Vladimir Nabokov , Nikolai Gogol , Ingeborg Bachmann , Eugène Ionesco , Tommaso Landolfi , Flann O'Brien , Daniil Kharms , Witold Gombrowicz , Juan Carlos Onetti
     Magic & Madness in the Library (1999) [Anthology]
      Authors: Aldous Huxley , Stephen King , Ray Bradbury , Miguel de Cervantes , Jonathan Swift , Jules Verne , Edith Wharton , Virginia Woolf , Voltaire , Umberto Eco , Jorge Luis Borges , Washington Irving , Donald Olson , Edmund (Lester) Pearson , Elizabeth McCracken , Edward Bellamy , George Crabbe
This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Candide & Zadig (1962) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: Voltaire
     Candide and Other Stories (1990) [Collection]
      Author: Voltaire

Notes:

  • First published simultaneouslly in Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam, London and Liège, on or around 20 February, 1759

Edition #1: Candide, or Optimism

Candide, or Optimism (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Theo Cuffe
Introduction by: Michael Wood
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Manifested in:

Candide, or Optimism (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780143039426
Pages: 155

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Edition #2: Candide

Candide (1990)
Edition Details:

Translation first published in Candide and Other Stories, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Language: English

Translated by: Roger Pearson
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Edition #3: Candide

Candide (1985)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: John Everett Butt
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Manifested in:

Candide (1985)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140440041
Pages: 144

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