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Micromegas
Author: Voltaire

ISBN: 9781847493798
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1 October 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5
Description:
'In one of the planets that circle round the star Sirius there lived a very bright young man whom I had the honour of meeting during his recent journey to our little anthill; his name was Micromegas, a most suitable name for all great men.'

Micromegas is a six-hundered-and-fifty-year-old, thirty-nine-kilometre-high giant from the planet Sirius who can speak a thousand languages and has been expelled form his homeland for writing a heretical tract. On Saturn he befriends the local secretary of the Academy of Sciences - a comparitive drawf, being only two kilometres high - and the two decide to travel to Earth together, where they will make startling discoveries about human nature.

At once a story-length Bildungsroman and a philophical tale, 'Micromegas' is a classic Enlightenment text, and is accompanied in this volume by thirteen other pieces - including 'Plato's Dream' and 'Memnon' - all in a new translation by acclaimed French specialist Douglas Parmnee.

About the Author

Voltaire (1694-1778) was a French man of letters and leading figure of the Enlightenment, kn...

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