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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 168 pages
  • Zadig
  • Voltaire
  • French
  • 12 August 2017
  • 9782080720306

10 thoughts on “Zadig

  1. says:

    Zadig, according to Voltaire in his preface, is un ouvrage qui dit plus qu il ne semble dire.Just like contemporary science fiction authors often choose a futuristic, technologically advanced and remote society to describe questions they consider relevant for our own time and place, Voltaire moves his setting to a foreign and ancient culture, but indicates that the adventure story is than just an action filled tale of fortune for those who can read between the lines.In fact, Zadig is a thinly disguised philosophical satire on Voltaire s own environment, addressing all the issues he cared and raged about nepotism, power balance, sexual exploitation, abuse, medical charlatanism, bizarre traditions, superstition, evidence based science versus blind faith.Zadig is born to suffer, being cursed with a beau naturel fortifi par l duaction , thus an odd man out in a society where the majority of people are both mean spirited and stupid He is up against greed, envy, corruption, lust and hypocrisy, always trying his best to support human rights and general justice himself Hardly ever successful against the rest of the world, he complains Tout me persecute dans ce monde, jusqu aux tres qui n existent pas If even non existent creatures are threatening his happiness, what makes him continue fighting Less funny and picaresque than sweet but helpless Candide, Zadig is of a true leader, a person who takes responsibility seriously and strives to make a real change in the world If he wants live up to the ideal he has defined for himself, certain blows have to be accepted Zadig shows his strong personality when he continues to work for future projects even as he faces defeat and humiliation He is not concerned with winning , but with change for the better, and not only for himself At the end of his bizarre adventure and learning journey, he faces hardship whichever direction he chooses, but he keeps moving nonetheless Partons, et voyons quoi me r serve ma triste destin e Well meaning, well educated, and highly experienced, Zadig will surely be able to make an impact wherever he goes, thus taking a step beyond resigned Candide, who is pleased to just cultivate his own garden after his journey of hilariously brutal disillusionment leads him to give up his naive, optimistic world view In a way, Zadig resembles idealistic Don Quixote as well, that determined believer in the perfectibility of humankind Voltaire s stories and their political satire make as much sense now as when he wrote them, and they should be read over and over again, to remind us to keep working, talking, acting for a better world, no matter what the odds look like at the moment.I can t help thinking that Voltaire would have been a brilliant stand up comedian today, expertly using the political raw material to create beautiful, linguistically brilliant comedy and political satire crasez l infame


  2. says:

    Even if the your world seems like it s crumbling down books are one of my escapes.


  3. says:

    First before I talk about the book, I would like to briefly explain the history of the author, to appreciate the novel s value Voltaire was a philosopher in the 17th and 18th century His writings included epic, lyric and dramatic poetry, novels and philosophical essays, criticism and historical narrative During his lifetime, Voltaire was most known for being a poetic dramatists, but currently he is famous for adamantly crusading against religious hypocrisy by attacking the corruption of religious churches and ideologies.In his novels, Zadig especially, Voltaire is known for beautifully executing quick witted parables, that contain deeper levels of meaning about life Voltaire is a master at the fast pace of stylistic prose Zadig meaning destiny is set around Babylon in the 837 century C.E He goes through these mini adventures that play a part in his personal choices, in which ultimately defines his own character Throughout his adventures, Zadig learns the perils and successes from the outer world of people and situations, that doesn t necessarily dictate his own innate change of character, and the choices that he makes through his personal being At the end Zadig learns a lesson from the Divine, and lives out his life in an enlightened state of mind He eventually sees the good in the world, regardless of the rough journey that led him there.


  4. says:

    I wasn t planning to read this, well not yet, but i bought a copy of Candide that had this and a couple other stories I was pleasantly surprised with this, i wasn t even sure i was gunna like Candide i am reading it at the moment because ive never read anything this old before, it was writen in 1747 But Voltaire soundeed like a hell of a interesting guy and it translates into this story Zadig tells a story of an honest intelligent man and his adventures, he helps people in all sorts of ways he saves a fishermen from committing suicide, he gives advice and speaks his mind truthfully and is just a genuinely nice guy but everytime he does something good or nice people start to turn on him out of ignorance, jealousy or what seems like fate This isn t as read as Candide but it should be, a really good read.Just something that pissed me off there s a appendix with two extra chapters that take place between the 12th and 13th chapters Why have it as an appendix just put the chapters in or at least make a note saying there s 2 chapters that go here at the back of the book It really does piss me off.


  5. says:

    Zadig by Voltaire published 1747 is a short philosophical novel that explores why good things happen to bad people and why bad things happen to good people In my opinion it was just OK Voltaire s Candide is a better philosophical novel A few quotes from Zadig From Chapter 17 Zadig and the philosopher agreed in the course of the conversation that the things of this world did not always answer the wishes of the wise The hermit maintained that the ways of Providence were inscrutable And that men were in the wrong to judge of a whole of which they understood but the smallest part They talked of the passions Ah, said Zadig, How fatal are their effects They are the winds, replied the hermit, That swell the sails of the ship It is true they sometimes sink her, but without them she could not sail at all The bile makes us sick and choleric But without the bile, we could not live Everything in this world is dangerous And yet, everything in it is necessary From Chapter 17 Men, said the angel Jesrad, Judge everything without knowing anything From Chapter 17 But why, said Zadig, Is it necessary that there should be crimes and misfortunes And that these misfortunes should fall on the good The wicked, replied Jesrad, Are always unhappy They serve to prove and try the small number of the just that are scattered throughout the earth And there is no evil that is not productive of some good But, said Zadig, Suppose there was nothing but good and no evil at all Then, replied Jesrad, This earth would be another earth The chain of events would be ranged in another order and directed by wisdom But this other order which would be perfect can exist only in the eternal abode of the Supreme Being to which no evil can approach The Deity has created millions of worlds among which there is not one that resembles another This immense variety is the effect of his immense power There are not two leaves among the trees of the earth, nor two globes in the unlimited expanse of heaven, that are exactly similar And all you see on the little atom in which you are born ought to be in its proper time and place according to the immutable decrees of him who comprehends all Men think that this child who has just perished is fallen into the water by chance And that it is by this same chance that this house is burned But there is no such thing as chance All is either a trial, or a punishment, or a reward, or a foresight


  6. says:

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  7. says:

    This is yet another beautiful work by Voltaire The story is weaved around the life of a virtuous, able, efficient, courageous man named Zadig Throughout the story, Zadig undergoes both fortunes and misfortunes, blessings and curses, meets with both luck and ill luck, not for what is worst in him but rather for what is best in him Tussled between life s highs and lows, which treats all men alike, he learns and unlearns aplenty which would help him to stay happy always, irrespective of his circumstances Although, at the out sketch the story may appear to be another a fairy tale wherein the good men undergoes trial and disaster to be rewarded with the triumph at the end, the witty quotes of Voltaire almost in every page which throws a deeper meaning upon every aspect of life makes the reading thoroughly enjoyable and too worthy.What a fine balance maintained between the theme, style and the plot Voltaire had never compromised one for the other He just carries us off through the story providing pleasure, solace and peace.Some of my favourite quotes from the book The most implacable hatreds often have no important bases It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one Always pleasure is no pleasure The moment when we meet again and the moment when we part apart are the two greatest epochs in life All is dangerous here below, and all is necessary There is no evil out of which some good is not born He has created millions of world, not one of which can resemble another This immense variety is an attribute of his immense power There are no two leaves of a tree on earth, or two globes in the infinite fields of the heavens, that are alike and everything you see on the little atom on which you were born had be, in its appointed place and time, according to the immutable orders of Him who embraces all There is no chance all is test, or punishment, or reward, or forseeing nothing is slower for one who waits, nothing swifter for him who enjoys it Above all, this one is the best What is the thing that we receive without giving thanks, enjoy without knowing how, give to others when we don t know where we are, and lose without noticing it And Voltaire answers it as Life I will come back again to re read this book whenever I need rest, warmth and hope.A Must Read.


  8. says:

    Zadig, the protagonist, is the story of a young Babylonian philosopher Despite his wisdom and moderation, he meets with a series of misfortunes He is nearly strangled in Babylon and roasted alive in Basra before being enslaved in Egypt Only in the end does Providence reveal that these have merely been trials for the good fortune that awaits him on earth.The principal theme of Voltaire s Zadig is the problem of human happiness Voltaire s title character possesses every virtue and material good needed for happiness yet he is constantly tossed about by fate, at the mercy of the some of the worst luck imaginable The questions that are raised, therefore, involve the conditions on which happiness depends, the qualities needed to be happy, the effects that evil persons can have on one s happiness, and the role played by merit, fate, chance, or Providence in one s life.Francois Marie Arouet pen name Voltaire was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris Voltaire s intelligence, wit and style made him one of France s greatest writers and philosophers Voltaire was the embodiment of the 18th century Enlightenment Voltaire was a philosopher and supporter of social reform He spoke openly in defense of civil liberties and freedom of religion His satires often poked fun at the Catholic Church and other French institutions Voltaire along with other authors of the Enlightenment period was influential in the American and French Revolutions Voltaire was a prolific letter writer having written over 21,000 letters As a young outspoken poet in Paris, Voltaire was often in trouble with the crown.


  9. says:

    This is a masterpiece It looks into the human heart, examines it, and unravels what lies underneath To some, sadness, to them jealousy, to him vengeance, to another wisdom and so on It also examines the human body and mind Most of us choose to surround ourselves with wealth and pleasures of this world Others engage in intellectual pursuit What is common to us all is the strong desire to attain happiness Life if full of sorrow as revealed in Zadig s adventures We help others achieve their dreams To some, we raise to be above us To others we help defeat their sworn enemies However, be all that as it will, we know that there will always lurk those who are dissatisfied and envious of our deeds Given the opportunity they will destroy us and leave us for dead It is good and advisable to be always moderate Either when dealing with Kings or Paupers You help a wife by beating up her cruel husband and she will turn against you You get so close to the King and he will suspect you of ulterior motives To the theme of this book, happiness Is it attainable Most of us are unhappy for different reasons Some people are poor and wish to run away fron it, others have problems lurking around their family etc What is clear is that the greatest unhappiness lies deep down in the hearts of men Voltaire says that we have to move own We can change what we are able to change, fight the apparent injustices around us for what matters is how we come out the end of everything.


  10. says:

    This work by Voltaire satirically highlights some social and political issues of his time, he achieves such through the tale of a Babylonian philosopher called Zadig Many events occur in Zadig s life he loses the woman he loses, is injured by a jealous man, is imprisoned, becomes prime minister, has to flee his country, is made a slave in Egypt, ends up an Arab captive, saves a man from killing himself and the adventures of Zadig continue until he learns the lessons of lifeYou can read Zadig at Project Gutenberg are a couple thought provoking riddles from the final chapter RIDDLE 1 Question What is the longest and yet the shortest Thing in the World the most swift and the most slow the most divisible, and the most extended the least valu d, and the most regretted And without which nothing can possibly be done Which, in a Word, devours every Thing how minute soever, and yet gives Life and Spirit to every Object or Being, however Great Answer Time RIDDLE 2 Question What is the Thing we receive, without being ever thankful for it which we enjoy, without knowing how we came by it which we give away to others, without knowing where tis to be found and which we lose, without being any ways conscious of our Misfortune Answer Life.


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About the Author: Voltaire

1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris Jesuit educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12 He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London There he wrote Lettres philosophiques 1733 , which galvanized French reform The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal s famed wager on God Voltaire wrote The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence of that thing Voltaire s French publisher was sent to the Bastille and Voltaire had to escape from Paris again, as judges sentenced the book to be torn and burned in the Palace Voltaire spent a calm 16 years with his deistic mistress, Madame du Chatelet, in Lorraine He met the 27 year old married mother when he was 39 In his memoirs, he wrote I found, in 1733, a young woman who thought as I did, and decided to spend several years in the country, cultivating her mind He dedicated Traite de metaphysique to her In it the Deist candidly rejected immortality and questioned belief in God It was not published until the 1780s Voltaire continued writing amusing but meaty philosophical plays and histories After the earthquake that leveled Lisbon in 1755, in which 15,000 people perished and another 15,000 were wounded, Voltaire wrote Po me sur le d sastre de Lisbonne Poem on the Lisbon Disaster But how conceive a God supremely good Who heaps his favours on the sons he loves, Yet scatters evil with as large a hand Voltaire purchased a chateau in Geneva, where, among other works, he wrote Candide 1759 To avoid Calvinist persecution, Voltaire moved across the border to Ferney, where the wealthy writer lived for 18 years until his death Voltaire began to openly challenge Christianity, calling it the infamous thing He wrote Frederick the Great Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world Voltaire ended every letter to friends with Ecrasez l infame crush the infamy the Christian religion His pamphlet, The Sermon on the Fifty 1762 went after transubstantiation, miracles, biblical contradictions, the Jewish religion, and the Christian God Voltaire wrote that a true god surely cannot have been born of a girl, nor died on the gibbet, nor be eaten in a piece of dough, or inspired books, filled with contradictions, madness, and horror He also published excerpts of Testament of the Abbe Meslier, by an atheist priest, in Holland, which advanced the Enlightenment Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary was published in 1764 without his name Although the first edition immediately sold out, Geneva officials, followed by Dutch and Parisian, had the books burned It was published in 1769 as two large volumes Voltaire campaigned fiercely against civil atrocities in the name of religion, writing pamphlets and commentaries about the barbaric execution of a Huguenot trader, who was first broken at the wheel, then burned at the stake, in 1762 Voltaire s campaign for justice and restitution ended with a posthumous retrial in 1765, during which 40 Parisian judges declared the defendant innocent Voltaire urgently tried to save the life of Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year old sentenced to death for blasphemy for failing to remove his hat during a religious procession In 1766, Chevalier was beheaded after being tortured, then his body was burned, along with a copy of Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire s statue at the Pantheon was melted down during Nazi occupation D 1778.Voltaire 1694 1778 , pseud nimo de Fran ois