Candide, or Optimism

Candide, or Optimism

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Voltaire, Introduction by Michael Wood, Translated by Theo Cuffe

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 15mm | 172g
  • Publication date: 24 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140455108
  • ISBN 13: 9780140455106
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 13,459

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Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

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Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer, satirist, the embodiment of the 18th-century Enlightenment. Among his best-known works is the satirical short story CANDIDE (1759). Michael Wood (introducer) is currently Straut Professor of English at Princeton. His books include Stendhal, America in the Movies, The Magician's Doubts, Franz Kafka, and The Road to Delphi. Theo Cuffe (translator) has also translated a selection of Voltaire's short stories for Penguin, Micromegas and Other Short Fictions.