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ISBN13: 9780811220309
ISBN10: 0811220303
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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.


A new translation of Sartre's great Existential novel, a landmark 20th century work of art.


Sartre's greatest novel — and existentialism's key text — now introduced by James Wood.

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Jean-Paul Sartre was a prolific philosopher, novelist, public intellectual, biographer, playwright and founder of the journal Les Temps Modernes. Born in Paris in 1905 and died in 1980, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964--and turned it down. His books include Nausea, Intimacy, The Flies, No Exit, Sartre's War Diaries, Critique of Dialectical Reason, and the monumental treatise Being and Nothingness.

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lukas, December 6, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"I have it, the filth, the Nausea."-J.P.S.
"It'll make your soul throw up!"-L.S.
Like a lot of moody, pretentious male undergrads, I read some of the existentialists (Camus was my homme) both because I was depressed and because I hoped it would make me seem intellectual and interesting (failure on both counts!). Despite its apparent bleakness, existentialist lit. also conjures up a romantic image of sitting on the Left Bank smoking Gauloises, sipping espresso, wearing all black, and waiting for a beautiful French woman (who also dresses in black). Anyway, "Nausea" (La Nausee) is among Sartre's best known works and, according to A.J. Liebling, "the most enjoyable book Sartre has ever written," which is kind of like saying the funniest film Ingmar Bergman ever made. As you might guess from the title, this is not a lot of fun, dealing with existence, the sickness of life, and the meaningless of a post-God world. Camus may not be the more influential philosopher, but he's the better novelist. You might also like Gide, Celine, Genet, Dostoevsky, and the horror of the void. "If anyone had asked me what existence was, I would have answered, in good faith, that it was nothing, simply an empty form which was added to external things without changing anything in their nature."
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Sartre, Jean-paul
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Wood, James
Howard, Richard
Cosman, Carol
Sartre, Jean-Paul
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