FREE SHIPPING

on all orders of $59 or more

$4 OFF your purchase of $60 or more!
Use coupon code SATURDAY in checkout.

Candide : Or Optimism

, by ;
Candide : Or Optimism by Voltaire; Translated by Burton Raffel, 9780300119879
Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.
  • ISBN: 9780300119879 | 0300119879
  • Cover: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 12/15/2006
  • Buy New Textbook

    Special Order: 1-2 Weeks

    $15.68
In this new translation of Voltaire'sCandide,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 thesatirist awicked pleasure for English-speaking readers. Candide recountsthe fantastically improbable travels, adventures, and misfortunes of the young Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, 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 placesCandide inthe contexts of Voltaire's life and work and the Age of Enlightenment.

You might also enjoy...



Please wait while the item is added to your bag...