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Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander
Nausea
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The classic Existentialist novel, with a new introduction by renowned poet, translator, and critic Richard Howard.Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher, critic, novelist, and dramatist, holds a position of singular eminence in the world of letters.... show more
The classic Existentialist novel, with a new introduction by renowned poet, translator, and critic Richard Howard.Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher, critic, novelist, and dramatist, holds a position of singular eminence in the world of letters. Among readers and critics familiar with the whole of Sartre's work, it is generally recognized that his earliest novel, La Nausée (first published in 1938), is his finest and most significant. It is unquestionably a key novel of the twentieth century and a landmark in Existentialist fiction. Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues 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." Roquentin's efforts to come to terms with life, his philosophical and psychological struggles, give Sartre the opportunity to dramatize the tenets of his Existentialist creed.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811217002 (0811217000)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 178
Edition language: English
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 Diary of a Loner
I was originally going to read this book when I was in Paris, however I had only just finished reading a collection of Satre's plays and there were a couple of other books that had caught my attention beforehand (such as [author:Hemmingway]), so I decided to put it down for a while. Mind you, consid...
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
3.0 Nausea
I liked some of it, but then I lost interest.
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
3.0 Nausea
I liked some of it, but then I lost interest.
Diocletian
Diocletian rated it
This novel is basically a fictional journal of a man suffering from extreme depression, anxiety, and alienation because of a major problem in his life. That major problem in his life is life itself, or existence. The main character in this novel does not have anything terribly wrong with his life, e...
Your Asthma
Your Asthma rated it
Nausea is basically about a historian who becomes increasingly nauseated by his existence but decides to muddle on. Reading the first half of Nausea feels like that. You just muddle on. The second half does get better and I do like the part about the chestnut tree, but I think Nausea is just one of ...
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