- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Language: English / French
- Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 10mm | 159g
- Publication date: 11 August 1993
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486276252
- ISBN 13: 9780486276250
- Sales rank: 84,193
Evergreen in its appeal, "Candide" makes us laugh at human folly and marvel at our reluctance to face reality and the truth. Voltaire's brilliant satire, first published in Paris in 1759, is relentless and unsparing. Virtue and vice, religion and romance, philosophy and science all are fair game. Through the adventures of young Candide, his love Cunegonde, and his mentor Dr. Pangloss, we experience life's most crushing misfortunes. And we see the redeeming wisdom those misfortunes can bring all the while enjoying Voltaire's wittyburlesque of human excess. In this unique volume, readers who wish to follow every nuance of Voltaire's classic tale in theoriginal French can do so with the aid of a new and exacting English translation on facing pages. Shane Weller's critical introduction illuminates the satire of "Candide" and the reasons for its enduring appeal."
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One of France's most celebrated citizens, Voltaire (16941778) is best known for his satirical novel "Candide." His political treatises, which frequently put him at odds with the church and state, continue to exercise enormous influence on political theorists, philosophers, educators, and historians."