Or Optimism

By Voltaire; Theo Cuffe (Translator); Michael Wood (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140455106, 155pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2009

Theo Cuffe's marvelous translation of Voltaire's satirical masterpiece
With its vibrant new translation and perceptive introduction this new edition of Voltaire's masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world. Candide tells of the hilarious adventures of the naive Candide, who doggedly believes that all is for the best even when faced with injustice, suffering, and despair. Controversial and entertaining, Candide is a book that is vitally relevant today in our world pervaded by as Candide would say the mania for insisting that all is well when all is by no means well.
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About the Author
Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) (1694--1778) was one of the key thinkers of the European Enlightenment. Of his many works, "Candide" remains the most popular.
Peter Constantine was awarded the 1998 PEN Translation Award for "Six Early Stories "by Thomas Mann and the 1999 National Translation Award for "The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-three New Stories." Widely acclaimed for his recent translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel, he also translated Gogol's "Taras Bulba" and Tolstoy's "The Cossacks "for the Modern Library. His translations of fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications, including "The New Yorker, Harper's," and "Paris Review. "He lives in New York City.

Michael Wood, journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker, is author of several highly acclaimed books, including "Domesday "(1986), "In Search of the Dark Ages "(1987), "Legacy "(1995), "In Search of the Trojan War "(California, 1998), "In Search of England "(California, 2000), "Conquistadors "(California, 2002), and "In Search of Shakespeare "(2003). He has more than eighty documentary films to his name, among them "Legacy, Saddam's Killing Fields, Art of the Western World, "and "In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, "for which he also wrote the accompanying book, published in paperback by California (2001).