Originally published in , Jean-Paul Sartre’s short existential novel La Nausée can be read on many levels – to list several: philosophical, psychological, . La Nausee – Jean-Paul Sartre. Existential () ‘Enjoying the good of existence and that existential good” In the companion piece to this paper (which. Nausea: Nausea, first novel by Jean-Paul Sartre, published in French in as La Nausée. It is considered Sartre’s fiction masterwork and is an important.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. 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 about the world and people around him.

His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spread at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time, the Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is naueee at his own existence.

His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spread at the bottom of the viscous puddle, saetre the bottom of our time, the jeean of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading lx the edge, like an oil stain.

The introduction for this edition of Nausea by Hayden Carruth gives background on Sartre’s life and major works, a summary of the principal themes of Existentialist philosophy, and a critical analysis of the novel itself. Hardcoverpages. Published by New Directions first published Antoine Roquentinl’AutodidacteAnny.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Nauseaplease sign up. Did anyone finish reading the entire book? Any recommendations of how to move forward and wrap my head around this book? Fred Kohn I am currently reading it and am finding that I have to go back and reread certain sections. Also, I cannot read very much without putting it down.

Like many existentialist novels, most of the action takes place inside the main character’s head, which makes it very different than most novels— especially the ones being written these days. Did depressing, existential works like this contribute to other readers’ confusion about life with no meaning? Sartre was renown for his negative ideas, famously quoted as saying: His point though was that by stressing the meaninglessness of life, we are ‘free’ to create that meaning ourselves ‘authentically’.

You’d need to check that out. In truth this novel doesn’t take us past the first negative stage really and I was told at college that he was probably developing his ideas literally as he was writing this novel.


Funny that he was a really social guy always round the Parisien cafes with a reputation as being generous with his tips! More interesting still, is that he was particularly ugly and in recognising his own ugliness and I feel that he as inspired in his negative thinking on humanity Only my thoughts though! Hope you weren’t too depressed by it!? See all 10 questions about Nausea…. Lists with This Book.

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May 28, Jahn Sood rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It is sickening and dark and so terribly everyday that it gets inside you if you let it. Sartre writes beautifully and describes the physical world in such incredible detail, that if you are a reader, and even more if you are a writer, you want to keep going and never put it down, but if you are not emotionally stable enough to handle the fact that you might have done nothing but existing, don’t read this book.

If you are jaded by love don’t read this book. If you almost lost your self in desire, don’t read this book. Probably nobody should read this book. Then again, if you are like me and obsessed with words and the art that comes from darkness and the study of lonliness, then this is a work of genius. Its beautifully written, terrifying and intense. So go ahead, but at your own risk, and when you freak the hell out, don’t tell anyone that it was me who recommended that you mess with Sartre.

View all 20 comments. Jun 23, Florencia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Roquentin, Meursault; Meursault, Roquentin. Now, go outside, grab a cup of coffee and have fun. I’ll be here, sitting on the floor surrounded by cupcakes, ice cream and some twisted books, like an existentialist Bridget Jones, just contemplating my own ridiculous existence, thanks to you guys and your crude and insightful comments about life and its inevitable absurdity.

It is a tough read. Especially if you feel like a giant failure that never lived, but existed to live, one of the rarest thin Roquentin, Meursault; Meursault, Roquentin. Especially if you feel like a giant failure that never lived, but existed to live, one of the rarest thing in the world, according to another great writer.

I don’t know about the life situation and mental health condition of you people out there, so I will certainly avoid the pressure of recommending this book. At the same time, I wish everyone could enjoy Sartre’s beautiful writing.

Yes, that is beautiful. And not too difficult to understand. A couple of samples: It came as an illness does, not like al ordinary certainty, not like anything evident. It came cunningly, little by little; I felt a little strange, a little put out, that’s all. Once established it never moved, it stayed quiet, and I was able to persuade myself that nothing was the matter with me, that it was a false alarm.


And now, it’s blossoming. I try, and succeed: I think I don’t want to think. I mustn’t think that I don’t want to think. Because that’s still a thought. My thought is me: I exist because I think. At this very moment – it’s frightful – if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing. Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness and dies by chance.

You have to have energy, generosity, blindness.

There is even a moment, in the very beginning, when nauser have to jump across a precipice: I know I’ll never jump again. And that’s a dangerous mix. He shares some thoughts that a lot of people can relate to, and, in most cases, those people won’t know what to do with sartge that. I know I don’t. Besides feeling sick, what can you do? Eat more ice cream? Plan a round-the-world trip? Quit your sarttre and live in the country, eating raspberries? Oh, to face the absurdity of the world and to feel free because of that.

To stop this oaul search for meaning. A rare thing, indeed. Oh dear, I sound like a self-help author. This was the first time I read Sartre. I’ve read the brilliant, the one and only, the master at describing the human condition, Dostoevsky; Camus, whose works I really like too; Kierkegaard, the pioneer.

So, Sartre was a must-read. Those authors speak right to my soul wherever that isthey get me well, not Kierkegaard; at least, not that much.

It’s a comforting feeling So, I loved this book.

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It’s a new favorite of mine. And I need some Seinfeld reruns now. It wasn’t a nice feeling. Pal all 57 comments. Aug 16, Glenn Russell added it. Going back to my college days, my reading of this work has always been decidedly personal. Thus my observations below and, at points, my own experiences relating to certain passages I have found to contain great power.

I no longer knew where I was; Saetre saw the colors spin slowly around me, I wanted to vomit. Roquentin’s Nausea his capital isn’t occasional or a revulsion to anything specific, the smell of a certain room or being in the presence of a particular group of people; no, his Nausea is all pervasive: Like Roquentin, I wanted to vomit. When the other players ran out to take the field, I remained seated.