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Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Atlantic Monthly

The best-written and most interesting of Sartre's novels.

Harvey Swados - New York Post

With Nausea Sartre has succeeded magnificently—and horribly—in extending the realm of the novel to the outermost reaches of naked self-examination.

A.J. Liebling - The New Yorker

It is the most enjoyable book Sartre has ever written.

The New Yorker

It is the most enjoyable book Sartre has ever written.

The New York Post

With Nausea Sartre has succeeded magnificently—and horribly—in extending the realm of the novel to the outermost reaches of naked self-examination.

The New Yorker

It is the most enjoyable book Sartre has ever written.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811220309
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 25,361
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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