Micromegas and Other Short Fictions By Francois Voltaire

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Micromegas and Other Short Fictions By (author) Francois Voltaire ISBN:9780140446869

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Travelling through strange environments, Voltaire’s protagonists are educated, often by surprise, into the complexities and contradictions of their world. Arriving on Earth from the Star Sirius, the gigantic explorer Micromegas discovers a diminutive people with an inflated idea of their own importance in the universe. Babouc in ‘The World as It Is’ learns that humanity is equally capable of barbarism and remarkable altruism. Other characters in this diverting collection include a little-known god of infidelity, a pretentious graduate who invites a savage to dinner and an Indian fakir who puts up with a bed of nails to gain the adoration of his female disciples.Whether he is exploring the paradoxes of grief, demanding better education for women, or mocking greedy clerics and the Christian ideal of chastity, Voltair is always wonderfully provocative. Above all, he shows that in an uncertain, violent world pity and a desire for justice are our only decent responses.

Micromegas and Other Short Fictions By (author) Francois Voltaire ISBN:9780140446869

 

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Weight 157 g
Dimensions 12 × 129 × 198 mm
About the Author

Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) was the universal genius of the Enlightenment. In his early career he was briefly committed to the Bastille for his satires and later exiled to England. His most characteristic works are philosophical tales, of which Candide (1759) is the most famous. Theo Cuffe (translator) is also the translator of Penguin Classics' forthcoming edition of Candide. Haydn Mason (introduction and notes) is Professor of French at Bristol University.

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