- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 208mm x 10mm | 45g
- Publication date: 1 May 1991
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486266893
- ISBN 13: 9780486266893
- Edition statement: Reprinted edition
- Sales rank: 2,968
"Candide" is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, "Candide" has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.
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One of France's most celebrated citizens, Voltaire (1694-1778) 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.