Candide
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Candide

or Optimism

Voltaire, Burton Raffel

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Voltaire, Burton Raffel

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The translation of choice for twenty-first-century readers of Voltaire's satiric masterpiece.

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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Year
2008
ISBN
9780300127782
Edition
1

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Citation styles for Candide
APA 6 Citation
Voltaire. (2008). Candide (1st ed.). Yale University Press. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/1089329/candide-or-optimism-pdf (Original work published 2008)
Chicago Citation
Voltaire. (2008) 2008. Candide. 1st ed. Yale University Press. https://www.perlego.com/book/1089329/candide-or-optimism-pdf.
Harvard Citation
Voltaire (2008) Candide. 1st edn. Yale University Press. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/1089329/candide-or-optimism-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Voltaire. Candide. 1st ed. Yale University Press, 2008. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.