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Candide ou l'optimisme

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Candide ou l'optimisme est un conte philosophique de Voltaire paru à Genève en janvier 1759. Il a été réédité vingt fois du vivant de l'auteur, ce qui en fait un des plus grands succès littéraires français de l'époque. Candide est un jeune garçon vivant au château du baron de Thunderten-tronckh qui se trouve en Westphalie. Il a pour maître Pangloss, philosophe qui enseigne la "métaphysico-théologo-cosmolonigologie", et qui professait, à l'instar de Leibniz, que l'on vit dans le meilleur des mondes possibles. Candide est chassé de ce meilleur des mondes possibles à la suite d'un baiser interdit échangé avec Cunégonde, la fille du Baron. Candide découvre alors le monde, et va de déconvenue en déconvenue sur les chemins d'un long voyage initiatique. Candide est une œuvre majeure de la littérature française, universelle et fascinante par sa modernité et les interrogations qu'elle pose sur le Bien et le Mal, notamment.

©Domaine public (P)2014 Compagnie du Savoir

Author: Voltaire
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Candide

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"Candide" is a delightful story filled with boundless misadventure while tackling the great philosophical issues of the Enlightenment era. The story is about Candide, a young man who is the illegitimate nephew of a German baron with whom he resides. When it is discovered he is kissing the baron's beautiful daughter he is thrown from the castle where he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church. Obviously, Voltaire is poking fun at Leibniz, Pope, and others who assail that the world created by God was the best possible of all worlds with perfect order and reason, as spoken through the greatest of all fictional philosophers, Candide's tutor, Pangloss. As you listen to segments of "Candide", take the time to research both the book and Voltaire to gain a richer understanding of the themes interlaced throughout the audiobook.

©2018 Voltaire (P)2018 AB Books

Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
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The Fishermen

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In a Nigerian town in the mid-1990s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact - both tragic and redemptive - will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its listeners. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure, but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family's destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions - economic, political, and religious - and the epic beauty of its own culture. With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Chigozie Obioma (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Candide (AudioGO Edition)

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Candide, published simultaneously in five European capitals in 1759, became an instant best seller and is now regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s preoccupations with evil and with various kinds of human folly and intolerance found a perfect vehicle in the philosophical tale. A master storyteller, he combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying the traditional chivalric and oriental tales with which his public was more familiar to create a witty allegory of a young man whose optimism gives way to disillusionment after a series of terrible misfortunes.

Public Domain (P)2010 AudioGo

Narrator: Jack Davenport
Author: Voltaire
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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Candide, ou l'optimisme

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Tous les événements sont enchaînés dans le meilleur des mondes possibles : car enfin si vous n'aviez pas été chassé d'un beau château à grands coups de pied dans le derrière pour l'amour de mademoiselle Cunégonde, si vous n'aviez pas été mis à l'Inquisition, si vous n'aviez pas donné un bon coup d'épée au baron, si vous n'aviez pas perdu vos moutons du bon pays d'Eldorado, vous ne mangeriez pas ici des cédrats confits et des pistaches. - Cela est bien dit, répondit Candide, mais il faut cultiver notre jardin.

©Domaine public (P)2008 Éditions Thélème

Narrator: Lou Saintagne
Author: Voltaire
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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Zadig [French Version]

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Court roman, conte philosophique et récit de voyage, Zadig raconte de façon drôle et emportée les aventures d'un jeune homme voué à une destinée rocambolesque. L'histoire se déroule dans un Orient fantasmé, où le héros se retrouve confronté à des situations aussi loufoques les unes que les autres.

©Domaine public (P)2012 Éditions Thélème

Author: Voltaire
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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Philosophie pour tous : 100 citations de Voltaire

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Voltaire est un maître de l'ironie et du mot d'esprit. Voilà les armes principales dont ce philosophe des Lumières, dramaturge, scientifique et poète se sert sans relâche dans ses attaques au vitriol contre l'institution catholique, les adversaires de la liberté de culte et d'expression, et de la séparation de l'Église et de l'État. Sélectionnées parmi ses œuvres majeures, ces 100 citations vous familiariseront avec l'essence de sa pensée tout en nourrissant votre esprit de répartie, de Candide au Dictionnaire philosophique, en passant par Zadig, le Traité sur la tolérance ou l'une de ses six mille lettres connues.

©Domaine public (P)2016 Compagnie du Savoir

Author: Voltaire
Length: 23 mins
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Easy French Poetry Readings: Classic Poems Readings

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In this audiobook, I read 33 classical French poems. The majority are read twice: once slowly - so you can repeat after me - and once faster, with my personal interpretation of the poem. I will also sometimes tell you about the author, or explain the vocabulary or the meaning of the poem, all in easy everyday French. Musset, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, La Fontaine, Labbé, Valéry... A collection of 33 of the most famous French poems. These readings are a great way to improve your understanding and vocabulary, train your brain to stay focused for a longer discussion and learn about French culture and poetry. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©Public domain (P)2013 French Today

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Candide oder der Optimismus

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Candide, der Neffe eines Barons, muss fliehen, nachdem er bei einer Liebelei mit einer schönen Prinzessin ertappt wurde. Er erlebt auf seiner Flucht durch die Welt allerlei Abenteuer... Am Ende kommt er zu der Erkenntnis, dass dem Menschen letztlich nichts bleibt, als "seinen Garten zu bestellen".

©1948 / 1950 / 2008 Aufbau Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin. Übersetzung von Ilse Lehmann (P)1975 SWR

Author: Voltaire
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Candide

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The story follows the eponymous hero and his tutor Doctor Pangloss through a series of adventures and misfortunes, all the time doggedly attempting, against the odds, to adhere to the doctor's philosophy that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds".

Public Domain (P)2016 Spiders' House Audio/Roy Macready

Narrator: Roy Macready
Author: Voltaire
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Candide

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"Candide is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism by his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, 'we must cultivate our garden', in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, 'all is for the best' in the 'best of all possible worlds'. "Candide is characterised by its sarcastic tone as well as by its erratic, fantastical, and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a story similar to that of a more serious coming-of-age narrative (Bildungsroman), it parodies many adventure and romance clichés, the struggles of which are caricatured in a tone that is mordantly matter-of-fact. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years' War and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the problem of evil, so too does Candide in this short novel, albeit more directly and humorously. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism. "As expected by Voltaire, Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognized as Voltaire's magnum opus." [Wikipedia]

Public Domain (P)2017 Lyon Audio

Narrator: Kevin Kollins
Author: Voltaire
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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