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العرض الفلسفي لمشكله القضاء والقدر , وبها أشياء أخري اتاحت لها الخلود ,وهو نقد الحياه الانسانيه والنفوذ بهذا النقد الي صميم الطبيعه الانسانيه .
وواضح جدا ان فولتير قد اتخذ قصته هذه كلها وسيله الي نقد الحياه الاوروبيه عامه والحياه الفرنسيه خاصه واتخذ مدينه بابل رمزا لمدينه باريس وقصر بابل رمزا لقصر باريس ومن اجل هذا فتن الفرنسيون بهذه القصه في عصر فولتير ومازالوا يفتنون بها
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Published February 11th 2002 by الامل للطباعه والنشر (first published 1747)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
zadig = True = The Book of Fate, Francois Marie Arouet De Voltaire

Zadig, or The Book of Fate; (1747) is a novel, and work of philosophical fiction, by the Enlightenment writer 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.

It was originally published as Memnon in Amsterdam (with a false impri
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Bill Kerwin
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moral-tale, novella

Zadig, or the Book of Fate (1747), is Voltaire’s first novella of ideas, and, although it lacks the inexorability of its disciplined younger brother Candide (1759), it shares its comic vision and realistic assessment of the world. Featuring a cast of Babylonians, Egyptians, and Arabs, Zadig clearly takes for its model the Oriental tale—Galland’s French translation of The Arabian Nights had been completed in 1717—which was already famous for its marvelous incidents and episodic from. Part conte p
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Duane
This is a short, philosophical novel about Zadig, a fictional character of ancient Babylonia. Zadig reminds me of Don Quixote in the sense that he is very virtuous, but he is beset with every misfortune you can imagine. Regardless of his good intentions, Zadig finds trouble at every turn, even to the extent of imprisonment and slavery.

Zadig was first published in the mid 18th century, and not as well known as Candide, it is a very good philosophical work and well worth reading.
Ana
Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia, goes through numerous trials, proves his wisdom and wins happiness. I know it's categorized as a philosophical novel, but it felt more like an adventure novel with a romantic subplot and a little philosophy snuck in.
Sotiris Karaiskos
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, philosophy
There are not many differences between this book and the previous one I read, Candide. so I'm not sure what exactly I can add. It is the story of a very wise man who is called to offer what he can in a world that is not very wise and does not appreciate such things, something that leads him to many entanglements and in the end makes him more pragmatic. Through it, similar conclusions are drawn about human nature and man's inability to improve drastically, but the idea remains that man has potent ...more
Timothy
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent tale, echoing the manner of the Arabian Nights, filled with amusing episodes and light philosophical insights. I may be ambivalent about the story’s moral, but the character of the eponymous protagonist is heroic in his quests and honest in his struggle to meet his outrageous challenges in a world filled with pain and frustration, not least being the betrayals and stupidities of his fellow men . . . all the while trying to puzzle out the nature of Fate. Its inspiration never ...more
Morris Nelms
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babu
I loved this book. I read it as part of the complete works of Voltaire, rather than this edition, but I don't want to review each part of the edition as part of one long review.
I preferred this one to Candide. It may not be as profound or even as funny as parts of Candide, but it doesn't use rape as a plot device, which is my biggest problem with Candide. I also like the ending of Zadig much more.
Voltaire uses his energy, his wit, and his silver tongue to rail against hypocrisy, cruelty to the
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Luke
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, sharp and intelligent. It is not hard to understand why Voltaire was written with interest al through history. He managed to write a gripping story packed with philosophy and socio-politcal criticism. I immensly enjoyed reading Zadig and often laughed out loud at it's wit and irony. A good example of this is a scene in which Voltaire described a women that has been nearly killed by an agressive brute. The first thing she does, while Zadig attacks her near-killer is sit down and redo her h ...more
Mathias
Now, before anybody wonders why I give this book only two stars, let me make clear that this rating refers to the English LibriVox audiobook. Previously, I listened to the German LibriVox version of Candide, which was simply very good. Unfortunately, there’s no German version of Zadig. The problem is that some English LibriVox audiobooks are unbearably bad narrated, sometimes you can’t even acoustically understand what they are saying. And your mind wanders faster off, if it is badly narrated. I ...more
A.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Useless.

Plagiarism of what Voltaire read of chinese and arabic wisdom apparently (notably Zhuangzi(Chuang Tsu), and the Quranic narrative of Moses and Khidr, at least the ones I could identify). The editor does mention Zhuangzi in the notes but does not deem it useful to say that it's simple blatant copy-paste.

Zadig only regurgitates ageless metaphors and allegories that are, in fact, much better expressed in their original source.

Apparently, and this is quite hilarious frankly, Voltaire never a
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Bukk
Voltaire's outstanding adventure-philosophical-satire novella Zadig might be my favorite thing I've read by the man. Zadig takes us into ancient Babylon and the broader world of the time, with some of the people and ideas in this world looking like a satire of France and Europe and ideological fashions during Voltaire's life. In this tale he relays the adventures of Zadig, a man who I get the impression is at least a little bit of an autobiographical representation of the writer.

There's a lot ab
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Daniel Foster
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So... Zadig or Fate... what do you call a 250 year old novel that still manages to be to hilarious, insightful, touching, and wise?

Poor Zadig. Fate hates him. If you’ve ever felt like the deck was stacked against you, then Zadig is your man. In the eponymous novel, Voltaire chronicles the life and suffering of a would-be ancient Babylonian royal adviser. I say "would be" because if it can go wrong in Zadig’s life, it does, and if it can't, it does anyway. Zadig loses his position, his power, hi
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Ward Hammond
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Today is the anniversary of Voltaire being taken to prison in the Bastille for his satirical attacks on politics and religion, in 1717. Just read this barb from Zadig... "He was as wise as it is possible for man to be for he sought to live with the wise. Instructed in the science of the ancient Chaldeans, he understood the principles of natural philosophy such as they were then supposed to be, and knew as much of metaphysics as hath ever been known, that is, little or nothing at all."
This is a
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Andrew Garvey
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read/listened to with a combination of Librivox and Project Gutenberg, I struggled to get into this. And that's not the fault of the narrators. Aside from his interactions with the Hermit late in the story, it just didn't grab me. Zadig's adventures never feel as interesting, or as insightful, quite honestly, as Candide's (which I'm a huge fan of) and the character himself simply not as well-drawn. When it touches on Voltaire's own philosophy, Zadig is pretty good but as a short, yet seemingly l ...more
Vintagebooklvr
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
2 1/2 stars. I know this is a classic and I can identify why but the story itself is lacking. I felt the same way about Candide. It is far more about the ideas he is trying to convey then a well written story. It may be in part the translation but I think it is more his style of writing that just isn't my taste.
Josiah Richardson
Voltaire is one of those writers that can be placed on the shelf of "You should read his works, but you aren't going to like them". There is important information to gain from his writings (and a look into the foundation of the new atheist movement, or what have you), but man, do empty writers write emptiness.
Matthias
There are some good passages here and there, but overall I found it rather flat, especially when compared to the more entertaining and witty Candide. ...more
Cooper Renner
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful fable-like novella about the ways of Providence.
Ankita Bansal
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a pleasure to read him.
Harlen
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Alright.
Cricket Rose
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simplicity of honor and wisdom

Like many, the earthly problems encountered by Zadig were familiar, but like a fairy tale he resolved them. It was a lark to read
Reuben
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't really remember it that well to be honest, but at the time I remember it being quite good.
lilith
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It's easy to read, but I didn't quite like it.
Erin
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a problem with the book itself, more a problem with my brain. Loved it in high school when I read it in English translation, but as I suspected would happen, I didn't do well with the old- timey French (hard to perceive tone, connect events to each other and to dialogue, etc.), so I didn't get much out of it this time around. Guess I'll have to stick to more recent french lit.
Maan Kawas
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting philosophical tale by Voltaire concerned with fate and free will! The tale narrates the life, adventures, abuse, misfortunes, which the good, honest, intelligent, educated, and sensible Zadig faces in world filled with bad people, envy, jealousy and corruption, coupled with an ever-changing fortune. It seems that Voltaire wanted to suggest that there is no chance in life, and no tiny event should be considered unimportant or random; moreover, there is a kind of justice in life. The ...more
Pazuzu
Sep 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short to medium stories by Voltaire. Voltaire creates fictitious character to recreate a reality he was not allowed to speak of. The stories are very idealistic, characters, like for example Zadig, seem to be too good and too kind to be true. They endure suffering and endless travel to find their destiny.
But the book is filled with moral imperatives. Systems of power and control are shown as corrupt and "bad", whereas the oppressed are shown as idealistically good, obedient and p
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Jens
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A mediocre tale centered around Babylonian Zadig's struggles. While I generally like a strong philosophical touch I do find Voltaire's conclusion(s) ,at least in parts, too disagreeable to give Zadig a higher rating. The tale itself was rather dull to me as well. Understanding the work in the context of the time it was written greatly enhances the tale's merit and I can see why it has become a famous work in philosophical fiction.
Iris
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i haven't read voltaire since HS, when we translated candide from french-- being the hardest academic endeavor of my early teenage life, i didn't appreciate him so much. but, now, minus the heavy french work thks to roger pearson (everyman's library edition, 1991), i give voltaire... 10STARS! zadig is a perfect tale about how all the talents and wisdom in the world do not lead to happiness. there is suffering. humor. the future unknown. the essentials in beautiful narrative.
Michael Cayley
A delightful fable by Voltaire about a paragon of wisdom and good sense who excites jealousy which leads others to try and do him evil. There is some satire of religion, of the ways of those in power, and of the conventions of society. I read the story in a privately-printed translation by an artist cousin, illustrated with paintings of his, which added to the pleasure.
Abdalla Mohamed
I came across this short story by chance, just I started I couldn't leave it till I finished. It's a very nice story, easy to read and interesting with its events. It's all about the good and bad! It also discusses some controversial issues like destiny, doing good in this ugly world.
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In 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 na
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