[Blogtour and Giveaway] Candide by Voltaire

Candide [Diva]

Candide hidup di istana milik baron di Thunder-ten-tronckh, Westfalia. Ia adalah pemuda yang baik dan bijaksana. Nilai minusnya ia tidak dari kelompok bangsawan yang murni -hanya bisa terlacak hingga ayah dari buyutnya, yang membuatnya mustahil untuk bisa hidup Bersama Cunegonde, putri sang baron. Candide sangat menghormati Pangloss, seorang filsuf yang juga guru dari Cunegonde, yang mengajarkan bawa segala hal diciptakan di bumi ini untuk tujuan terbaik.

Kisah pengembaraan Candide dimulai ketika ia ditendang keluar istana karena begitu mencintai Cunegonde, menggigil kedinginan hampir mati dan kelaparan, orang-orang Bulgaria menawarkan tempat yang Candide duga bisa untuk berlindung. Yang kemudian ternyata merantai kaki Candide, memukul tubuhnya, dan segala hukuman fisik, hingga akhirnya diampuni (walau ia tidak mengerti kenapa) dan disembuhkan. Candide bergerak ke desa lain dan kembali bertemu Pangloss dengan keadaan buruk. Pangloss bercerita bahwa Cunegonde telah mati karena perutnya ditusuk oleh prajurit Bulgaria, begitu pun dengan ayah, ibu, dan kakak laki-lakinya yang mendapat perlakuan tak kalah mengerikan.

“… semakin banyak terjadi malapetaka pribadi, semakin besar pula kebaikan umum yang kita dapat.”

Candide adalah novel satire milik François-Marie Arouet yang dikenal dengan nama Voltaire, seorang penulis, sejarawan, dan filsuf Prancis. Karya yang terbit pertama kali di tahun 1759 dan diterjemahkan tak lama kemudian diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Inggris, disebutkan di situs Britannica sebagai karya paling terkenal miliknya.

Novel ini berkisah tentang perjalanan Candide yang penuh luka dan kesengsaraan. Badai, gempa, perang, dan pelbagai malapetaka. Kemudian pertemuan dengan orang-orang baru dan reuni dengan orang-orang terkasih. Voltaire yang juga menyelipkan kritik dan sinisme dalam perjalanan Candide ke Paris, Portugal, kota emas El Dorado, Venezia, dan rentetan panjang lainnya. Walaupun kota yang disinggahi begitu banyak, Voltaire bisa dengan apiknya bercerita tanpa membuat saya bosan. Saya tertarik dengan judul bab di buku ini yang cukup panjang, misalnya “Bagaimana Candide dibesarkan di sebuah istana yang megah, dan bagaimana ia diusir di sana” atau “Apa yang terjadi di Surniname, dan bagaimana Candide berkenalan dengan Martin”, yang benar-benar membuat penasaran jadi, musibah apa lagi yang terjadi??

Candide adalah karya Voltaire pertama yang saya baca, terjemahan Widya Mahardika Putra pun membuat kemudahan memahaminya. Walau ditulis di abad 17, bacaan ini masih terasa segar dan tidak kuno. Buat saya yang orangnya nggak positif-positif amat lol , melihat Voltaire mengejek sana sini justru menjadi hiburan. Ia banyak mengejek pemikiran Leibniz yang menyatakan bahwa segala hal pasti memiliki suatu alasan yang mencukupi. Bahwa tiap “substansi” memengaruhi dirinya sendiri, namun tampak saling memengaruhi dengan substansi lain karena telah “diselaraskan” oleh Tuhan. Ia juga tak segan menyebut nama-nama musuhnya untuk diejek pula. Akan tetapi mengutip tulisan Julian Barnes, tulisan satire bukanlah mencari solusi, ini adalah suatu ekspresi. Orang yang satire adalah pesimis alami, mereka tahu bahwa dunia berubah terlalu lambat. Karena jika pemikiran hipokrit dan kebohongan dan bereformasi sendiri, tidak perlu ada satire di dunia ini.

“Kau benar… tapi kita harus menggarap kebun kita”.

Candide.

Voltaire (Penerjemah: Widya Mahardika Putra).

Penerbit DIVA Press. 2019.

 

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Voltaire’s Candide is the hero we need

A candid view of Candide

Candide


BLOGTOUR AND GIVEAWAY

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Jawaban terakhir ditunggu sampai 18 Agustus 2019 pukul 24.00. Pemenang yang tinggal di Indonesia dipilih sesuka hati saya akan dihubungi via e-mail. Untuk yang belum beruntung, masih ada kesempatan di blog lainnya.

 

 

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First Half 2019 in Books

Hello, how are you?

This year I plan to read 50 books and just finished 21. But I am confident that I will accomplish the challenge. In two previous months, my reading pace was very slow but I enjoyed a lot especially on Wijaya Herlambang’s Kekerasan Budaya Pasca 1965 (Cultural Violene: Its Practice and Challenge in Indonesia). It broadens my perspective in one of the most influential era in Indonesia. On my now-reading list there are Becoming by Michelle Obama and Saving Fransesca by Melina Marchetta.

The first one consists about 400 pages and I am just half of it. I am already at the part when Barack Obama planned to run for US senate. Never read carefully any about the Obama, I was a bit surprised with how smart the Robinson are or how adorable Barack is. Michelle’s writing is engaging, feels like someone tells you the stories directly. Saving Fransesca is my second Marchetta’s. The first one is Looking for Alibrandi which I really like. I read the reviews that Alibrandi is good but didn’t think it’d be THAT good. However I didn’t put a high expectation on Fransesca, I’m just going to enjoy the story of this Italian-Australian girl living in Sydney.

My half year of 2019 shopping list is short though I don’t remember exactly. Few months ago, I decluttered my room and managed to sell about 40 books of mine with a very cheap price. The funny thing was I still couldn’t fit all my books to my shelves, I needed to use the space that I previously used for other things. It was because the books sold mostly in mass market size but months before I had bought so many books with bigger size.

There are two other things happen in my bookish life this year. First, the podcast. I actually talk a lot so recording time on weekends are one of my favorite time. I also love to share my feelings towards books. But then few strangers (read: the listeners) started to talk to me on Instagram and sometimes I feel tired and overwhelmed. It’s not that many, but still a bit scary. I sometimes think to stop doing the podcast and being invisible but I know that is not the real reason so I will just need to give more try.

Second, J. Truthfully I hate to write about J here but I want to remember this life phase, when someone finally can influence my reading much, correction, that much. J reads non-fiction a lot and somehow it affects my reading. I still prefer novels but in this half year, I’ve finished 4 require-much-thought books by Aziz Ansari, Oliver Sacks, Wijaya Herlambang, and Jasmin Lee Cori, and that is truly something for a fiction enthusiast like me. Perhaps initially I just wanted to impress J but now not anymore. I am just craving for more non-fiction readings, not (only) to impress, but also to express. And this list will absolutely continue.

Last thing to say, Central Park by Guillaume Musso is already out in Indonesian by Penerbit Spring. I did a little bit help on that novel. Hope you can enjoy the book as I do.

2019 Reading Plan

Third week of January and (most likely) my mood is on the very top. It feels so weird because I am a person full of negativity and now I am finding myself with lots of smiles and laugh. I have finished 6 books up to today. With express reading on the first week, three installments of Cormoran Strike finished in a wink. As office works started to find the rhythm, I lost my reading pace and back to the the speed of diesel cars – minus the noisy. But 50 books to read in a year is not too pushy, it means about one book per week so pretty confidence it will be totally fine.

Another 2019 reading plan is to finished all-borrowed-from-friends- books. I also wish to buy 10 books only which too good to be true, I know. If 10 looks impossible, at least I wish I could be wiser on how to spend money on books by only buying ones I really really, repeat, really really want to have (or collect, no difference). Current status is 2 down, 8 to go.

There is one secret writing project I did last year, the final result isn’t presented yet, though. But I always hope the chance to do this kind of project will come again this year. And about writing on another platform like I did on Jurnal Ruang, that one is also unsure but one year has 365 days, and Roald Dahl also said: “However small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there.”

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On December last year, I asked one group of men to tag me along… to join their podcast! Yep, you read it right, it’s podcast! In case you don’t know me, I am chatty. In other times, I am very chatty. like can do non stop chatting for hours and hours. And I have a big passion in books. And I like to try things new. Luckily they agreed to let me join them, so if you’re Indonesian, or you understand Indonesian, or you just wanna hear me babbling like there’s no tomorrow, go to SUARANE.ORG and join their segment titled #KepoBuku.

That’s all my 2019 reading slash bookish plan. Let me know yours too!

Cheers!

 

2018 Year in Books

Few months before the year ended, I lowered down the number of 2018 goodreads challenge to 75. Even with 25 books cut, I was thinking I wasn’t able to accomplish it. But somehow I finished 83 books with my very best reading speed on last four days. I even managed to finish more than 500 pages Jonathan Stroud’s Amulet of Samarkand in one day. This year I signed up for a premium subscription of Gramedia Digital, it helps me a lot to read during much free time I had.

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Here are my top 5 reads:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee. This is the best book I read last year. I am sure everybody knows why. I signed up for a book discussion so I intended to finish before the meeting. The reading pace was very slow for about 100ish pages and it was hard to chew all the unfamiliar words but in the end it was very satisfying.
  2. Resign – Almira Bastari. This novel restored my faith in Indonesian chic-lit. The storyline is -OF COURSE- predicted but Bastari can deliver it neat and fresh.
  3. Xenoglosofilia – Ivan Lanin. No comment. I am a bias. Thank God I didn’t get starstruck the second time I met him AND TOOK A PHOTO OMG OMG.
  4. Lockwood & Co. The Streaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud. I remember the thrill when reading it. So much fun!
  5. All the Wrong Question #1 & #2 – Lemony Snicket – The last one is two books because I count it as one installment. The series has 4 books but I still don’t have the third. I haven’t read a Series of Unfortunate Events so it’s very surprising to read his works. Each words twine smartly and enjoyable.

Oh I wish I could add more to add the list :)

Although this blog wasn’t very active I managed to publish 3 writings in Jurnal Ruang. They are all written in Bahasa Indonesia:

  1. Mengintip Pesona Haruki Murakami (Essay)
  2. Keadilan Absolut yang Membawa Kemelut (Review)
  3. Atraksi Lumba-lumba dan Kisah-kisah Lainnya (Review)

I must say 2018 wasn’t that harsh for me. Surely there are things I am disappointed or annoyed with, and feel bad about, but there are many new things I did and achieved. My bookish life is one of the delight.

I am going to write about 2019 plan in another post. Let’s end it for now.