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Candide: Or Optimism

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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.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

In this new translation of Voltaires best-known work, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the irreverent spirit of Candide and renders the novel in clear, vivacious English. Stylistically superior to all predecessors, Raffels version now stands as the translation of choice for twenty-first-century readers.

 

About the Author

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities and emeritus professor of English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His other translations from the French include Stendhals The Red and the Black and Rabelaiss Gargantua and Pantagruel, winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, 1992.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300106558
Subtitle:
or Optimism
Translator:
Raffel, Burton
Translator:
Raffel, Burton
Author:
Voltaire
Author:
Raffel, Burton
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050311
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.5 lb

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

"Synopsis" by ,

In this new translation of Voltaires best-known work, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the irreverent spirit of Candide and renders the novel in clear, vivacious English. Stylistically superior to all predecessors, Raffels version now stands as the translation of choice for twenty-first-century readers.

 

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