Europe and Latin America in the 1750s
Candide is set in both real and fictional locations throughout Europe and Latin America in the 1750s. The action takes place over the greater part of Candide’s lifetime. The world in which Candide is set is fantastical and dramatic. It is unusually full of coincidences and disasters. The exaggerated landscape helps to frame the exaggerated personalities of Voltaire’s characters, while still making the text a part of our reality.