Zadig ou la Destinée by Voltaire
Zadig ou la destinée: My pick for the month of march
The book of the month of March 2022 is Zadig ou la Destinée by Voltaire. To join the Book Club next month sign up now!
Here’s my intro:
“Thanks to 18th-century French literature, written between 1715 and 1798, the Philosophes questioned all existing institutions: the church, and the state, they applied rationalism and scientific analysis to society. The tales make it possible to talk about the human condition or society using a fictional world and characters. Voltaire uses ancient Babylon as his setting, which provides a great contrast to France of the Enlightenment. Babylonians though scientifically advanced, had a closed culture ruled by an absolute monarch. Zadig is a good-hearted, handsome young who faces problems.”
You decide: Should we take Voltaire seriously or do you believe that Voltaire is mocking the idea expressed by Leibniz and Pope that all evil leads to a greater good?