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  • Voltaire

    Sur le point d'épouser la plus belle fille de Babylone, jouissant de tous les privilèges de la jeunesse et de la fortune, vertueux de surcroît, Zadig se demande s'il est possible de vivre heureux ici-bas. Sa fiancée ne tarde pas à la trahir, des fanatiques le traînent en justice, on le menace du bûcher, on le vend comme esclave en Egypte et c'est par miracle qu'il retrouve sa patrie et triomphe de la laideur et de la bassesse du monde. Zadig sent le soufre et fait peur aux puissants, mais Voltaire éblouit par sa gaieté perpétuelle, sa sagesse, sa malice, son style enchanteur de ' Français suprême ' comme disait un de ses...read more

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    Zadig, ou La Destinée, ("Zadig, or The Book of Fate") (1747) is a famous novel written by the French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. It tells the story of Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia. The author does not attempt any historical accuracy, and some of the problems Zadig faces are thinly disguised references to social and political problems of Voltaire's own day. The book is philosophical in nature, and presents human life as in the hands of a destiny beyond human control. It is a story of religious and metaphysical orthodoxy, both of which Voltaire challenges with his presentation of the moral revolution taking place in Zadig himself. Voltaire's skillful use of the literary...read more

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    Zadig ou la Destinée est le conte philosophique majeur de Voltaire. C'est à la fois un concentré d'humour, une critique au vitriol de la société du XVIIIe, et une réflexion cruciale sur ce que cela signifie d'être heureux. Le jeune Zadig a en effet tout pour l'être : il est beau, riche et vertueux, et s'apprête à épouser la plus belle de Babylone. Mais la destinée a d'autres plans en réserve, et notre jeune philosophe apprendra à ses dépens que le bonheur ne dépend pas uniquement de nous. Trahi par sa fiancée, traîné en justice par des canailles, menacé par des fanatiques religieux et secouru par un ange, Zadig traversera des épreuves rocambolesques - toutes l'occasion...read more

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    Zadig is a work of philosophical fiction by the famous Enlightenment writer Voltaire. It is a delightful mix of political satire and insightful challenge of religious and metaphysical orthodoxy, with its main character undergoing a complete moral revolution while human life is presented as in the hands of a destiny beyond human control. Along with absolute stylistic mastery, Zadig provides insight into the nature of free will, in a story whose fast pace follows the highs and lows bestowed by Fortune on the...read more

  • Voltaire

    Zadig ou la Destinée est le conte philosophique majeur de Voltaire. C'est à la fois un concentré d'humour, une critique au vitriol de la société du XVIIIe, et une réflexion cruciale sur ce que cela signifie d'être heureux. Le jeune Zadig a en effet tout pour l'être : il est beau, riche et vertueux, et s'apprête à épouser la plus belle de Babylone. Mais la destinée a d'autres plans en réserve, et notre jeune philosophe apprendra à ses dépens que le bonheur ne dépend pas uniquement de nous. Trahi par sa fiancée, traîné en justice par des canailles, menacé par des fanatiques religieux et secouru par un ange, Zadig traversera des épreuves rocambolesques - toutes l'occasion...read more

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    L'Ingénu is a satirical novella by the French writer Voltaire, published in 1767. It tells the story of a Huron Indian transported to the sophistication of eighteenth century Paris, and satirizes religious doctrine, as well as the folly and injustices of French society. (Summary from...read more

  • Ayn Rand

    A powerful and enlightening collection of political philosophy.Delving into the past and drawing on the timeless words of Thomas Paine, Voltaire, Ayn Rand, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, this fascinating collection of political philosophy seeks to cover the scope of human thought, from morality and individualism to economics and egalitarianism. These incredible writings have left a legacy in their wake, shaping the course of western thought and becoming highly influential in their time. From hard-hitting political arguments about American independence and class struggle to satirical and fantastical novellas depicting harrowing ideas and stark warnings, readers from all backgrounds will...read more

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    -A collection of Voltaire's ideas and thoughts that were too short for pamphlets but worth saving for later development-wise and witty entries on subjects as diverse as atheism and...read more

  • Henry James

    'NBC University Theater' initially started in Chicago with a remit to bring adaptations of classic novels, usually Anglo-American, to a radio audience.Additionally, if listeners signed up they received college credit to a radio-assisted correspondence course. A study guide, The Handbook of the World's Great Novels, was available for 25 cents.In its later years it also included short stories and plays and went on to win the distinguished Peabody award.Unlike many other radio shows University Theatre did not pursue the glamourous stars for its productions but instead relied on excellent distillations of the novels and first class acting alongside high production values.But now its time to...read more

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    First published in 1752, Micromegas is one of Voltaire’s best-known works. It is a tale of mordant irony, and actually the original science-fiction short story. Arriving on Earth from the star Sirius, the gigantic explorer Micromégas discovers the people of Earth, so small compared to him that he first believes that no creature this size can hope to achieve any degree of intelligence; he will soon discover the ways and thoughts of these diminutive people, who clearly have an over-inflated idea of their own importance in the universe. Voltaire's extrapolations of sun-powered interstellar flight, alien civilizations, and the two moons of Mars, are designed to make us see ourselves in a new...read more

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    This series of exercises is a selection of the best techniques that will help you increase your powers of visualization, focus, relaxation and mental control. Visualization is a skill that can be trained, and you can get clearer and clearer images in no time through the use of proper techniques. These guided visualization scripts are all designed to induce vivid imagery; use them to make your powers of visualization stronger every time, while you take a refreshing mental vacation from everyday...read more

  • Francois Voltaire

    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Roy McMillan, narrator of Underland by Robert MacFarlane, The Second Sleep by Robert Harris and Love is Blind by William Boyd. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Haydn Mason and is translated by translated by Theo Cuffe. Something between a tale and a polemic, these 'fables of reason' are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged as Voltaire...read more

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    Der satirische Roman "Kandid oder die beste Welt" (Candide ou l'optimisme) erzaehlt die abenteuerliche Geschichte des naiven Juenglings Kandid. Voller Witz, Spott und Ironie handelt der Roman gleichzeitig von der Ueberheblichkeit des Adels, der Grausamkeit der kirchlichen Inquisition, von Krieg, Sklaverei, von der naiven Sehnsucht des einfachen Manns nach einem sorglosen Leben und von der Unverbesserlichkeit der Menschen.(Summary by Al-Kadi and...read more

  • Voltaire

    Voltaire was the nom de plume of François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), a well known writer, poet, satirist and wit whose ascerbic criticism of many institutions of the day once earned him a period of imprisonment in the Bastille. In this tale of Jeannot and Colin, Voltaire not only tells an instructive tale, warning of the dangers of sudden wealth and social climbing, but also directs his satirical comments at the vacuous and fickle nouveau riche of his day, the catholic church, private education, and society in general. Jeannot and Colin are childhood friends. Both come from working-class backgrounds in a rural part of France, but Jeannot's parents, on a trip to Paris, strike it lucky...read more

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    Biographie et extraits de textes Caroline Laleta...read more

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    Los mejores libros jamás escritos. Aunque Voltaire empezó a escribir cuentos en su etapa de «cortesano», cuando debía amenizar, como gentilhombre de la cámara del rey, los ocios de la corte, en los cuatro títulos que componen el presente volumen -Cándido, Micromegas, Zadig y El Ingenuo- ya están presentes los propósitos de toda su escritura: divulgar las nuevas ideas, combatir la ineptitud y la mentira religiosas, y luchar por la tolerancia. Todo ello envuelto en ficciones que pueden llevar al lector desde Oriente hasta los espacios interplanetarios, en un intento de desenmascarar la realidad absolutista de la sociedad francesa; esa aportación de Voltaire a las nuevas...read more

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    Tomandole el pelo a la humanidad. La vision del mundo que tuvo Voltaire debio haber sido muy risuena, ya que su obra es un conjunto de ironias y de humor que va de lo escabroso a lo filosofico. Lo notable es que todo esto estuvo al servicio de ideas, en las cuales el tono satirico sirivieron para encauzar y ensenar al mundo hacia algo mejor. La historia de Candido, de su amada pero no muy pura Cunegunda y del optimista profesor Pangloss, quien opinaba que vivimos en el mejor de los mundos, a pesar de que todas las experiencias le dicen exactamente lo contrario. Candido de Voltaire es pues, ademas de una obra con hondo contenido una de las piezas maestras del humor negro, y eso se refleja en...read more

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    Càndid és l'exemple més reeixit del gènere literari: narració filosòfica. Càndid, la més cèlebre de les novel·les de Voltaire, és l'exemple més reeixit de narració filosòfica, un gènere sorgit amb la Il·lustració. A través del personatge del jove Càndid, Voltaire formula la pregunta present en tota la seva obra: per què existeix el mal? A Càndid destaca la figura de Pangloss, tutor del jove i company de viatge en les seves aventures. Pangloss, caricatura de l'optimisme de Leibnitz i una font de disbarats filosòfics, està convençut que allò que passa és el millor que pot passar i que vivim en el millor dels mons possibles. Voltaire oposa a aquest conformisme un...read more

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    Cándido figura a la cabeza de todas las novelas y cuentos de Voltaire como la pieza indiscutible del arte narrativo del Siglo de las Luces. Es una novela de aprendizaje, y su héroe un optimista que ha asimilado las teorías del providencialismo leibniziano: cree a pies juntillas que el mundo es un paraíso, a pesar de que, desde la primera línea, la realidad se encarga de negarlo. La estructura tiene un hilo conductor claro: el viaje, los vientos de la vida llevan de aquí para allá a Cándido, convertido en un juguete del destino que recorre un mundo estragado por catástrofes naturales, por designios humanos y, sobre todo, por las religiones. Voltaire ataca, con ironía y sarcasmo,...read more