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VOLTAIRE: Candide and Zadig (Unabridged)

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VOLTAIRE: Candide and Zadig (Unabridged)

Artist(s) Jason, Neville, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Classic Fiction
Catalogue NA688112
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps

Voltaire’s razor-sharp satire on philosophical optimism, Candide, is coupled here with another of the author’s most celebrated works, Zadig. Both challenge the moral and philosophical orthodoxies of the day with humour and sly wit, whilst parodying the clichéd formulas of so many contemporary novels. Candide traces the fortunes of its titular character, a staunch optimist who eventually becomes disillusioned by a series of hardships and misfortunes. Zadig likewise follows its main character Zadig, a Babylonian philosopher, as he is subjected to the whims of Fate and the machinations of those around him.


Review By Nola Theiss,Sound Commentary,May 2012

This [Candide] is considered one of the greatest satires ever written, filled with irony and humor that even stands up today.

Zadig is much less well known and at first seems very similar to Candide except for its setting in Babylonia. Zadig is more concerned with the concept of destiny and fate. He too travels great distances, first in pursuit of love, than when that fails him, science, then, politics and finally philosophy which he studies with a hermit. In the end, he finds true love with his first love and becomes the king.



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