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    Description"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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    Title
    Candide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Voltaire, By (author) Lowell Bair
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 122
    Width: 104 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 68 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780553211665
    ISBN 10: 0553211668
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.0
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: MMP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC21: 843.5
    BIC subject category V2: D
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 843/.5
    BISAC V2.8: FIC052000
    LC classification: PQ2082.C3, PQ2082.C3 E5 2003
    Thema V1.0: D
    Edition statement
    Bantam Classic.
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam USA
    Publication date
    01 April 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) (1694--1778) was one of the key thinkers of the European Enlightenment. Of his many works, "Candide" remains the most popular. Peter Constantine was awarded the 1998 PEN Translation Award for "Six Early Stories "by Thomas Mann and the 1999 National Translation Award for "The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-three New Stories." Widely acclaimed for his recent translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel, he also translated Gogol's "Taras Bulba" and Tolstoy's "The Cossacks "for the Modern Library. His translations of fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications, including "The New Yorker, Harper's, " and "Paris Review. "He lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "When we observe such things as the recrudescence of fundamentalism in the United States, the horrors of religious fanaticism in the Middle East, the appalling danger which the stubbornness of political intolerance presents to the whole world, we must surely conclude that we can still profit by the example of lucidity, the acumen, the intellectual honesty and the moral courage of Voltaire." --A. J. Ayer
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    "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.