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  • Published: 7 August 2006
  • ISBN: 9780140455106
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $14.99

Candide, or Optimism




A major new translation of Voltaire's fast-paced, globe-trotting satire - an irresistible holiday read.

Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

  • Published: 7 August 2006
  • ISBN: 9780140455106
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $14.99

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