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Micromégas and other short fictions

Author: Voltaire; Theo Cuffe; Haydn Trevor Mason
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2002.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Somewhere between tales and polemics, these funny, ribald, and inventive pieces show Voltaire doing what he does best: brilliantly challenging received wisdom, religious intolerance, and naïve optimism. Traveling 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Voltaire; Voltaire
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Voltaire; Theo Cuffe; Haydn Trevor Mason
ISBN: 0140446869 9780140446869
OCLC Number: 48930933
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xxxvi, 162 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Chronology of Voltaire's life and times --
Translator's note --
Contes --
Cuckoldage --
The one-eyed porter --
Cosi-Sancta --
Micromégas --
The world as it is --
Memnon --
Letter from a Turk --
Plato's dream --
The history of the travels of Scarmentado --
The consoler and the consoled --
The story of a good Brahmin --
Pot-pourri --
An Indian incident --
Lord Chesterfield's ears --
Mélanges --
Account of the illness, confession, death and apparition of the Jesuit Berthier --
Dialogue between a savage and a graduate --
Dialogue between Ariste and Acrotal --
The education of daughters --
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands --
Dialogue between the cock and the hen --
Conversation between Lucian, Erasmus, Rabelais, in the Elysian Fields.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Voltaire ; translated by Theo Cuffe ; with an introduction and notes by Haydn Mason.
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Somewhere between tales and polemics, these funny, ribald, and inventive pieces show Voltaire doing what he does best: brilliantly challenging received wisdom, religious intolerance, and naïve optimism. Traveling 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 Micromégas 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 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. These "fables of reason" challenge the assumptions of reader and protagonist alike.

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