Undoubtedly, the novels "Candide" and "Zadig" stand as the crowning achievements of one of the most brilliant minds in European and global civilization. First published in 1759 and, respectively, twelve years prior in 1747, these timeless masterpieces continue to wield unparalleled significance and unwavering popularity, even after the passage of two and a half centuries. They are not mere works of fiction but profound "philosophical tales," as the author himself aptly designates them. Fittingly, these two narratives are often presented in tandem, their union serving to synergistically elevate the discernment of the author's enduring literary prowess and immortal greatness.
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