Jacques the fatalist and his master

Denis Diderot ; translated by Michael Henry with an introduction and notes by Martin Hall

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was among the greatest writers of the Enlightenment, and in "Jacques the Fatalist", he brilliantly challenged the artificialities of conventional French fiction of his age. Riding through France with his master, the servant Jacques appears to act as though he is truly free in a world of dizzying variety and unpredictability. Characters emerge and disappear as the pair travel across the country, and tales begin and are submerged by greater stories, to reveal a panoramic view of eighteenth-century society. But, while Jacques seems to choose his own path, he remains convinced of one philosophical belief: that every decision he makes, however whimsical, is wholly predetermined. Playful, picaresque and comic, Diderot's novelis a compelling exploration of Enlightment philosophy. Brilliantly original in style, it is one of the greatest precursors to post-modern literature.

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書名 Jacques the fatalist and his master
著作者等 Diderot, Denis
Hall, M. P. M.
Henry Michael
Hall Martin (University of Cape Town South Africa)
書名別名 Jacques le fataliste et son maître
シリーズ名 Penguin classics
出版元 Penguin
刊行年月 1986
ページ数 261 p.
大きさ 20 cm
ISBN 0140444726
NCID BA11188373
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言語 英語
原文言語 フランス語
出版国 イギリス