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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Nausea (1938)

by Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (trillkhidr)
    trillkhidr: Perhaps an obvious connection, but one that I nevertheless could not fail to return to again and again throughout my reading of Nausea. Is Antoine a man underground?
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    The Words by Jean-Paul Sartre (John_Vaughan, John_Vaughan)
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    The Stranger by Albert Camus (roby72)
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    The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke (roby72)
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    The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (kaityjames)
    kaityjames: Huxley views art as a pale imitation of objects as they ARE; Sartre finds existence disgusting and obscene, and art as a beautiful form above and beyond reality. Definitely compatible if you can dig Sartre's dark, existential language.
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    Homo Faber by Max Frisch (thecoroner)
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    The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (erezv)
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    Les Mains Sales de Jean-Paul Sartre by Marc Buffat (John_Vaughan)
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    The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia (JuliaMaria)
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    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (thecoroner)
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    The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector (Mouseear)
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    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (SamuelW)
    SamuelW: Although The Remains of the Day has none of Nausea's philosophical depth, there are close similarities in theme, plot and technique which make the two books a remarkable pair.
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    Dead Certainties : Unwarranted Speculations by Simon Schama (Sea92)
    Sea92: Nausea is more of a philosophical work, but both authors explore chasm between the reality of the past and history as it is written. These are issues that historians must deal with.

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I'd just read about this book in another book, but I can't for the life of me remember where. So it was an easy sell when I bumped into it at Eighth Day Books, particularly as I really liked the cover.

Given what I thought I knew about it, I expected this book to be far more difficult to read than it was. Granted, there were certainly a few passages where I struggled to stay engaged -- particularly the whole bit with the portraits of the town fathers, which went on far too long -- but other bits were so startlingly familiar and/or relatable.

I have a lot of thoughts about where I did and didn't identify with the narrator, Antoine. More than I will probably go into here, but I do wonder how much of Antoine's nausea was caused by his self-sufficiency. Antoine's income or savings was enough to allow him to travel all over the world doing research for a book he was writing. He could stay in boarding houses, eat out for all his meals, while away his hours in his rooms, at the library, walking around town. He seems to have no obligations to any other person, with no mentions of family, and his only relationships with the Self-Taught Man, whom he looks down on, and Anny, who seems similarly rootless and disaffected, and with whom he was a very stilted relationship. (And no, I'm not counting the barmaid he regularly shtups as an actual relationship.) I cannot help but wonder what such an existential crisis would look like on a woman, or someone with bills to pay.

Looking back, as much as I found many passages very affecting and familiar, I also end up feeling a little impatient with the whole thing in the end. ( )
  greeniezona | Feb 3, 2018 |
I'm proud of myself for getting through this novel. The characters were dull, the setting uninteresting, and the plot bland.
The philosophy -- the reason I read the book -- was hidden and inaccessible. Most damning of all, the thoughts could very well be contained in a few paragraphs.
That's all they were-- thoughts. Our author didn't bother to offer anything in the way of proof or explanation for any of his ravings.
I give the novel two stars solely because the title had the decency to warn me what I would feel. ( )
  MithridatesVI | Jun 19, 2017 |
I liked some of it, but then I lost interest. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
Truly wonderful book. I had such a lovely experience reading it in my existential fiction class (college). Sartre was a master and this book is his masterpiece, in my opinion. The Mandarins by Beauvoir was a nice companion to it, and I probably consider myself an existentialist because of these two. I highly recommend this to any of the philosophers among you. ( )
1 vote cemagoc | Aug 8, 2016 |
Is this a novel or an excuse for the author to faff about existentialism through its highly-depressed protagonist who is also suffering from body dysmorphia? The writing itself is visceral and contemplative - I enjoyed Roquentin's people-watching tendencies and observations - at times, the characters themselves deeply unlikeable and puppeteered to be so. One of my biggest quibbles was Sartre/Roquentin's preoccupation with Anny being "fat", is it to compare with the grotesque reflection Roquentin sees in himself or just plain sexism. Read it not as a piece of literary fiction, but as the philosophical theory canon it is meant to be, while also recalling its context. ( )
  kitzyl | Jul 27, 2016 |
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Sartre's name, I understand, is associated with a fashionable brand of cafe philosophy and since for every so-called "existentialist" one finds quite a few "suctorialists" (if I may coin a polite term), this made-in- England translation of Sartre's first novel, "La Nausée" (published in Paris in 1938) should enjoy some success. It is hard to imagine except in a farce) a dentist persistently pulling out the wrong tooth. Publishers and translators, however, seem to get away with something of that sort. Lack of space limits me to only these examples of Mr. Alexander's blunders.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sartre, Jean-Paulprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aardweg, H.P. v.d.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alexander, LloydTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baldick, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carp, E. A. D. E.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carruth, HaydenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caruso, PaoloContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fonzi, BrunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mannerkorpi, JuhaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'He is a fellow without any collective significance, barely an individual.'
L. F. Céline, The Church
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These notebooks were found among the papers of Antoine Roquentin. ("Editors' Note")
The best thing would be to write down events from day to day.
"I live in the past. I take everything that has happened to me and arrange it. From a distance like that, it doesn't do any harm, you'd almost let yourself be caught in it. Our whole story is fairly beautiful. I give it a few prods and it makes a whole string of perfect moments. Then I close my eyes and try to imagine that I'm still living inside it."
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Dopo aver viaggiato a lungo, Antoine Roquentin si stabilisce a Bouville, in uno squallido albergo vicino alla stazione, per scrivere una tesi di dottorato in storia. La sera, si siede al tavolo di un bistrot ad ascoltare un disco, sempre lo stesso: Some of These Days. La sua vita ormai non ha piú senso: il passato è abitato da Anny, mentre il presente è sempre piú sommerso da una sensazione dolce e orribile, insinuante, che ha nome Nausea. Un romanzo trasgressivo e ricchissimo, sempre attuale, che ci restituisce il disagio del mondo in agonia alla vigilia della Seconda guerra mondiale. Il libro piú libero di Sartre, il piú disinteressato e il piú appassionato insieme. 
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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. 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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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. 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.… (more)

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