Candide: or Optimism / Edition 1

Candide: or Optimism / Edition 1

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by Voltaire, Burton Raffel
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106558
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Candide, or optimism1
App. 1The alternative version of the opening of chapter 2295
App. 2Voltaire's Poem on the Lisbon disaster97
App. 3Entries from Voltaire's Philosophical dictionary109

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