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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre ,. Lloyd Alexander Translator. Hayden Carruth Introduction. 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 horrified at his own existence.
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 time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published by New Directions first published More Details Original Title. Antoine Roquentin , l'Autodidacte , Anny.
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Shawn Brugmans I would say that you must be a little bit familiar with existential philosophy. Even absurd and nihilism philosophy would help bring perspective. If y …more I would say that you must be a little bit familiar with existential philosophy. If you also have depression, have experienced an existential crisis, and have used psychedelics, then it would probably help.
The novel is quite psychological and you get the sense that the main character is very depressed and can't quite understand the meaning of things. I think he also has trouble defining himself in regards to other people and objects.
It is part of the novel that he has these thoughts and is very observant of things, almost to the point where life appears dull and mundane. It leaves you asking, "why do I need to know this? Sometimes he clicks with certain aspects. There is a lot that goes on in his mind. I believe that he just tries to stay grounded somehow and just becomes really self conscious about his surroundings in general.
I got the impression that life is quite meaningless, depending on how you look at it. 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: 'Hell is oth …more I can understand how this novel can come across as pretty miserable. Sartre was renown for his negative ideas, famously quoted as saying: 'Hell is other people'. 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. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Nausea. May 28, Jahn Sood rated it really liked it Recommends it for: someone who is more emotional stable than me.
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 22 comments. Jun 23, Florencia rated it it was amazing Shelves: french , favorites , philosophyland. 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: "Something has happened to me, I can't doubt it any more. It came as an illness does, not like an 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: my head seems to fill with smoke 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: that's why I can't stop. 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 you have to jump across a precipice: if you think about it you don't do it. I know I'll never jump again.
La Nausee by Sartre Jean Paul, First Edition
SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. Although Existentialism is primarily a philosophy, existentialists emphasize artistic creation as a vital aspect of existence. As a result, Sartre often chose to combine both the finer points of his philosophy and aesthetic concerns in plays, short stories, and novels. Unlike the fiction of the famous philosopher, Voltaire, Sartre's fiction is not allegorical or mythical, but a straightforward outline of his philosophical arguments.
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