Candide

Candide

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Candide, or Optimism (1759) written by Voltaire, the shining star of the French Enlightenment, is a biting, hilarious and frequently outrageous satire that pokes philosophical fun at -- of all things -- the doctrine of optimism. Candide is a nave youth stubbornly adhering to the notion that "all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds," despite being cast into a flood of misfortunes and picaresque misadventures that take him around the world. Whether Candide and optimism itself emerges unscathed in the end, hinges upon his own deceptively simple words: "let us cultivate our garden."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 110 x 180 x 12mm | 104g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140622632
  • 9780140622638

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