Zadig or the Book of Fate

VOLTAIRE (1694 - 1778), translated by UNKNOWN ( - )

Zadig, ou La Destinée, ("Zadig, or The Book of Fate") (1747) is a famous novel written by the French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. It tells the story of Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia. The author does not attempt any historical accuracy, and some of the problems Zadig faces are thinly disguised references to social and political problems of Voltaire's own day.

The book is philosophical in nature, and presents human life as in the hands of a destiny beyond human control. It is a story of religious and metaphysical orthodoxy, both of which Voltaire challenges with his presentation of the moral revolution taking place in Zadig himself. Voltaire's skillful use of the literary devices of contradiction and juxtaposition are shown in beautiful form in this prose. Behind Candide, it is considered one of his most celebrated works.

Genre(s): General Fiction, Satire, *Non-fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Front Matter Carl Manchester
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Play 01 Chapter 1 Carl Manchester
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Play 02 Chapter 2 Carl Manchester
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Play 03 Chapter 3 Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 04 Chapter 4 Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 05 Chapter 5 Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 06 Chapter 6 Philippa Willitts
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Play 07 Chapter 7 Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 08 Chapter 8 Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 09 Chapter 9 Ezwa
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Play 10 Chapter 10 Arouet
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Play 11 Chapter 11 Andy
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Play 12 Chapter 12 Alan Clare
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Play 13 Chapter 13 Andy
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Play 14 Chapter 14 Andy
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Play 15 Chapter 15 Alan Clare
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Play 16 Chapter 16 Michelle White
00:14:30
Play 17 Chapter 17 Ted Delorme
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Play 18 Chapter 18 Carl Manchester
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