Candide: or Optimism / Edition 1

Candide: or Optimism / Edition 1

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by Voltaire
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300106556

ISBN-13: 9780300106558

Pub. Date: 03/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this new translation of Voltaire’s Candide, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the French novel’s irreverent spirit and offers a vivid, contemporary version of the 250-year-old text. Raffel casts the novel in an English idiom that--had Voltaire been a twenty-first-century American--he might himself have employed. The translation

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In this new translation of Voltaire’s Candide, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the French novel’s irreverent spirit and offers a vivid, contemporary version of the 250-year-old text. Raffel casts the novel in an English idiom that--had Voltaire been a twenty-first-century American--he might himself have employed. The translation is immediate and unencumbered, and for the first time makes Voltaire the satirist a wicked pleasure for English-speaking readers.
Candide recounts the fantastically improbable travels, adventures, and misfortunes of the young Candide, his beloved Cunégonde, and his devoutly optimistic tutor, Pangloss. Endowed at the start with good fortune and every prospect for happiness and success, the characters nevertheless encounter every conceivable misfortune. Voltaire’s philosophical tale, in part an ironic attack on the optimistic thinking of such figures as G. W. Leibniz and Alexander Pope, has proved enormously influential over the years. In a general introduction to this volume, historian Johnson Kent Wright places Candide in the contexts of Voltaire’s life and work and the Age of Enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106558
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

An Appreciation1
IHow Candide was brought up in a beautiful castle, and how he was driven from it17
IIWhat happened to Candide among the Bulgars19
IIIHow Candide escaped from the Bulgars, and what happened to him22
IVHow Candide met his former philosophy teacher, Dr. Pangloss, and what ensued25
VStorm, shipwreck and earthquake, and what happened to Dr. Pangloss, Candide and James the Anabaptist28
VIHow a fine auto-da-fe was performed to prevent earthquakes, and how Candide was flogged31
VIIHow an old woman took care of Candide, and how he found the object of his love32
VIIICunegonde's story34
IXWhat happened to Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor and the Jew37
XHow Candide, Cunegonde and the old woman arrived at Cadiz in great distress, and how they set sail from there40
XIThe old woman's story42
XIIFurther misfortunes of the old woman46
XIIIHow Candide was forced to leave the fair Cunegonde and the old woman49
XIVHow Candide and Cacambo were received by the Jesuits of Paraguay52
XVHow Candide killed the brother of his beloved Cunegonde55
XVIWhat happened to the two travelers with two girls, two monkeys, and the savages know as the Oreillons57
XVIIHow Candide and his valet came to the land of Eldorado62
XVIIIWhat they saw in the land of Eldorado66
XIXWhat happened to them at Surinam, and how Candide became acquainted with Martin72
XXWhat happened to Candide and Martin at sea77
XXIHow Candide and Martin reasoned with each other as they approached the coast of France79
XXIIWhat happened to Candide and Martin in France81
XXIIIHow Candide and Martin reached the coast of England, and what they saw there92
XXIVPaquette and Brother Giroflee93
XXVA visit to Signor Pococurante, Venetian nobleman99
XXVIHow Candide and Martin had supper with six foreigners, and who they were104
XXVIICandide's voyage to Constantinople107
XXVIIIWhat happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, etc.111
XXIXHow Candide found Cunegonde and the old woman again115
XXXConclusion116
Notes121

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