Press Release: Candide


Introduction by Julian Barnes
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

‘Blake is beyond brilliant. He’s anarchic, moral, infinitely subversive, sometimes vicious, socially acute, sparse when he has to be, exuberantly lavish in the detail when he feels like it’

In response to overwhelming demand, The Folio Society is delighted to announce that Candide featuring illustrations by Quentin Blake and an introduction by Julian Barnes has been reissued in a new format. In 2011, the limited edition of Voltaire’s classic tale became one of the fastest-selling limited editions in Folio history. This reissue allows more readers to experience this perfectly matched combination of author and illustrator.

CandideQuentin Blake is one of the world’s greatest living illustrators. Just as Voltaire manages to make the report of a wartime atrocity both funny and agonising, so Blake’s pictures capture a world at once comic and horrific. Blake has produced 18 full-page colour illustrations and nearly 30 delightfully wicked pen-and-ink drawings, all reproduced here, as well as an entirely new illustration for the revised binding.

Voltaire was the greatest of French enlightenment writers – a historian, poet, playwright, scientist and philosopher. He was passionately involved in the debates of the day, advocating reform of the monarchy, the French justice system and increased freedom for the press. Candide is the most widely taught piece of French literature in the world. This mordant novella has not one but a dozen targets for its satire: organised religion, the overweening pride of aristocrats, merchants’ greed and colonial ambition. All of which are are dissected with a few sharp strokes of Voltaire’s pen.

The seismic impact of Candide in Voltaire’s own time, and its relevance to this day is examined by acclaimed author Julian Barnes in his introduction.

Product information
Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Garamond. 208 pages; 18 colour and 28 black & white illustrations. 10” x 7½”.

UK £75.00 US $120.00 Can $150.00 Aus $160.00



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