Candide by Voltaire

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by Voltaire

Satire Philosophical novel Adventure Optimism vs. reality The folly of man The critique of religion The search for happiness

3 hours 11 minutes

Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a philosophical tale written by Voltaire and published in 1759 under the pseudonym Monsieur le docteur Ralph.

This story tells us about the adventures of the protagonist Candide in which the precept of Leibnizian optimism that "everything happens for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds" is refuted. Although the character clings to this phrase, experience will dramatically prove otherwise.

With an erratic tone and plot, it spoofs many adventure and romance clichés with a cartoonish tone. In addition, numerous historical events appear, such as the Lisbon earthquake or the Seven Years' War.

Voltaire criticizes in this work religion, governments, armies or philosophers. That is why it had a great impact and was a scandal for some sectors of society. It was banned after publication


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About Voltaire

This writer is known by his nom de plume Voltaire, but his real name is François-Marie Arouet. He was a French historian, writer and philosopher....

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