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July 30, 2014

The Best of All Possible Worlds

by Andy Lamas

Voltaire, Candide, ou l’Optimisme (1759)

CANDIDE 1755_Lisbon_earthquake This 1755 copper engraving shows the ruins of Lisbon in flames and a tsunami overwhelming the ships in the harbour.

This 1755 copper engraving shows the ruins of Lisbon amidst that year’s devastating earthquake. In its wake, Voltaire wrote Candide. 

 

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