Voltaire - Candide - ( Item 127442 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2016. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Garamond. 208 pages. Frontispiece. 17 colour and 28 black & white illustrations. 10" x 7½". Introduced by Julian Barnes. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. In 2011, The Folio Society produced a limited edition of Voltaire’s Candide. Featuring illustrations by Quentin Blake and an introduction by Julian Barnes, it proved to be enormously popular and became one of the fastest-selling titles in Folio history. In response to overwhelming demand, Candide has been reissued in a new format, so that more readers can experience this uniquely pleasing combination of author and illustrator. The cloth binding, designed by Quentin Blake, is blocked with a new illustration by the artist. The introduction by acclaimed author Julian Barnes examines the seismic impact of Candide in Voltaire’s own time, and its relevance to this day. Voltaire was the greatest of French Enlightenment writers – a historian, poet, playwright, scientist and philosopher. He was passionately involved in the debates of the day, advocating reform of the monarchy, the French justice system and increased freedom for the press. Of his many works, the most popular today is Candide: the most widely taught piece of French literature in the world. This mordant novella has not one but a dozen targets for its satire: organised religion, the overweening pride of aristocrats, merchants’ greed, colonial ambition and the hopeless complacency of Leibnizian philosophy in the face of reality. All are dissected with a few sharp strokes of Voltaire's pen.
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