Jacques The Fatalist And His Master by Denis Diderot

Jacques The Fatalist And His Master

byDenis DiderotTranslated byMichael HenryIntroduction byMartin Hall

Paperback | May 6, 1986

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$21.89 online 
$23.00
Earn 109 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About The Author

Denis Diderot was born at Langres in eastern France in 1713. After graduating in Paris in 1732, he was nominally a law student for ten years, but was actually leading a precarious bohemian but studious existence. In the early 1740s he met three contemporaries who were of great significance to him and to the age: a'Alembert, Condillac...
The Nun
The Nun

by Denis Diderot

$12.48$12.95

In stock online

Not available in stores

Jacques the Fatalist
Jacques the Fatalist

by Denis Diderot

$13.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Not available in stores

The Nun
The Nun

by Denis Diderot

$17.62$19.00

In stock online

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:Jacques The Fatalist And His MasterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:May 6, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444726

ISBN - 13:9780140444728

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Jacques The Fatalist And His Master

Reviews

Extra Content

From Our Editors

An easy-to-understand translation is this edition’s best asset. As winner of the Scott-Moncreiff Prize in 1996, this highly readable version of Diderot’s novel also includes a critique of the author’s literary techniques, which were experimental and influential at the time. The story itself focuses on the downfalls of human existence, fate, and free will.