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Voltaire’s Candide discussed by Political Economy Book Club

January 10, 2015

When:
March 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Where:
Henry George School suite 1207
30 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bob Matter
312 450 2906

François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), known as Voltaire

America’s only Political Economy Book Club discusses Candide, Voltaire’s 1759 masterpiece that ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies and philosophers through allegory.  As Jean Starobinski notes,”The fast-paced and improbable plot—in which characters narrowly escape death repeatedly, for instance—allows for compounding tragedies to befall the same characters over and over again.”

It’s only a hundred pages or so depending on the translation and format, and is available in English translation free from Project Gutenberg  (in several formats) as well as from the Internet Archive, where there is also an audiobook. 

PEBC coordinator Bob Matter would appreciate an RSVP, if possible, from those planning to attend.

 

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