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Voltaire's shocking wit and biting portrayal of the eighteenth century church and aristocracy are now showcased in a new translation of "Candide," a bestseller in its time and essential reading for a deeper understanding of Voltaire and Enlightenment thought. Preserving the text's provocative nature as well as its accuracy, Daniel Gordon has paid special attention to impro Voltaire's shocking wit and biting portrayal of the eighteenth century church and aristocracy are now showcased in a new translation of "Candide," a bestseller in its time and essential reading for a deeper understanding of Voltaire and Enlightenment thought. Preserving the text's provocative nature as well as its accuracy, Daniel Gordon has paid special attention to improving not only the rendering of particular words, but to Voltaire's semantic overtones by amplifying the book's innuendo, enhancing "Candide's" readability and ensuring that readers will not miss bold features of the story. The introduction places "Candide" and Voltaire in their historical context, relating the complexities of Voltaire's life to the events, philosophy, and characters of "Candide," showing precisely why the Enlightenment is known as the Age of Voltaire.


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Voltaire's shocking wit and biting portrayal of the eighteenth century church and aristocracy are now showcased in a new translation of "Candide," a bestseller in its time and essential reading for a deeper understanding of Voltaire and Enlightenment thought. Preserving the text's provocative nature as well as its accuracy, Daniel Gordon has paid special attention to impro Voltaire's shocking wit and biting portrayal of the eighteenth century church and aristocracy are now showcased in a new translation of "Candide," a bestseller in its time and essential reading for a deeper understanding of Voltaire and Enlightenment thought. Preserving the text's provocative nature as well as its accuracy, Daniel Gordon has paid special attention to improving not only the rendering of particular words, but to Voltaire's semantic overtones by amplifying the book's innuendo, enhancing "Candide's" readability and ensuring that readers will not miss bold features of the story. The introduction places "Candide" and Voltaire in their historical context, relating the complexities of Voltaire's life to the events, philosophy, and characters of "Candide," showing precisely why the Enlightenment is known as the Age of Voltaire.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Astrid Falkenberg

    A mixture of hilarity, philosophy and moral not to be missed, even if you've read it in high school. You may not remember it and it's always worth your while to re-read certain classics in your "golden or silver years"...:) I was especially tickled by Voltaire's deprecating description of the Parisians, as he obviously was making fun of his own countrymen. A mixture of hilarity, philosophy and moral not to be missed, even if you've read it in high school. You may not remember it and it's always worth your while to re-read certain classics in your "golden or silver years"...:) I was especially tickled by Voltaire's deprecating description of the Parisians, as he obviously was making fun of his own countrymen.

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    Sydney

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