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Candide: New Translation

Sander Voltaire


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Candide" by Voltaire is a sharp and witty satire that follows the misadventures of the optimistic Candide, ridiculing blind faith in optimism amidst a world filled with chaos and suffering. Through a series of comically tragic events, Voltaire dismantles the concept of the "best of all possible worlds" proposed by Leibniz, exposing the absurdity of human nature and societal norms. With biting humor and clever insight, Voltaire challenges readers to question conventional wisdom and confront the harsh realities of existence, all wrapped up in a smart and captivating storytelling.

Candide is an innocent young nobleman who leads an idyllic, sheltered life and has adopted the optimistic mindset promoted by his tutor Dr Pangloss. But after committing an indiscretion and being expelled from his family home, Candide finds himself on a journey that will take him to Portugal, Argentina, Britain and Turkey and expose him to torture, war, shipwreck and natural disasters, leading him to question whether he is really living in the “best of possible worlds”.

Published in 1759, when it became a best-seller and stirred up much controversy, Candide is an exhilarating picaresque romp and a biting satire by one of the Enlightenment's major figures that still resonates to this day.

Translated by Berg
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 24 Oct 2018
Dimensions: 199 x 130 x 12 mm
ISBN: 9781847497284