Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Sartre's greatest novel — and existentialism's key text — now introduced by James Wood. Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogs his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time — the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain.” Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature (though he declined to accept it), Jean-Paul Sartre — philosopher, critic, novelist, and dramatist — holds a position of singular eminence in the world of French letters. La Nausée, his first and best novel, is a landmark in Existential fiction and a key work of the twentieth century.

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The 313th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  2. - 44th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  3. - 63rd on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  4. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  5. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  6. - The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))

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