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.
One of my favorite books
The way Sartre writes in this book makes me feel seen. He writes of moments we all relate to but completely disregard as moments at all. His depiction of his own nausea is one we can feel and be consumed by. I certainly felt more nauseous reading this book. I lost 15 pounds from the time I started this book. You may decide wether those two things are related or not.
Compelling, I suppose. Apathetic. The way he describes other humans is strange.