Candide, Zadig, and selected stories
Voltaire, France's most distinguished man of letters, entertained readers while deriding the bureaucracies of his day with savage contempt, creating exotic panoramas in his satirical stories, sixteen of which are presented in this volume. This indispensable collection features the author's masterpiece, Candide.
Candide parodies the classic, romantic coming-of-age story, with the naive, ever-optimistic title character confronting the evils of the real world. His forbidden love of a baron's daughter causes Candide to be evicted from his home and sheltered life into a desolate sixteenth-century Europe -- where the strong prey on the weak and misery abounds in the heart of humanity. With Candide and the other stories in this collection, the master of social commentary dissects science and spiritual faith, ethics and legal systems, love and human vanity.
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