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It is the most enjoyable book Sartre has ever written. — The New Yorker

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

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 York Post

About the Author

Jean-Paul Sartre was a prolific philosopher, novelist, public intellectual, biographer, playwright and founder of the journal Les Temps Modernes. Born in Paris in 1905 and died in 1980, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964―and turned it down. His books include Nausea, Intimacy, The Flies, No Exit, Sartre’s War Diaries, Critique of Dialectical Reason, and the monumental treatise Being and Nothingness.

Richard Howard is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. He is the translator for more than 150 works from the French language. He received the American Book Award for his translation of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal.

James Wood, the prominent critic, essayist, and novelist, is a professor at Harvard and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Born in Durham, England, he began his career at The Guardian and later became a senior editor at The New Republic. He currently serves on the editorial board of The London Review of Books and The Common in Cambridge, MA. His books include The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel, How Fiction Works, and, most recently, The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (March 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811220303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811220309
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Novelist, playwright, and biographer Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80) is widely considered one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. His major works include "No Exit," "Nausea," "The Wall," "The Age of Reason," "Critique of Dialectical Reason," "Being and Nothingness," and "Roads to Freedom," an allegory of man's search for commitment, and not, as the man at the off-licence says, an everyday story of French country folk.

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Although the translation by Lloyd Alexander contained in this 2013 edition of "Nausea" is very readable (hence the 4 stars), this is not what it has been long advertised to be - a new translation. It is in fact the 40+ year old version that has been long available, just with a different cover and an added (12 year old) introduction by James Wood. I first thought this was a printers error, but reading the copyright page makes it clear that it isn't. Don't waste your money if you already have the 2007 edition of this.
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A brilliant and hauntingly dark glimpse into the soul of a bitter intellectual who feels he has no reason left to exist. A sort of logical progression of Dostoevsky's "underground man", in my eyes, and almost Hunger-esqe in its phantasmagoria, as in the striking stream of consciousness sequence beginning on page 100.
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By Lorraine T. on September 13, 2015
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Really astounding. I understand that not everyone will be able to enjoy this book to its full capacity, but everyone should give it a chance. I happened to think it was absolutely brilliant.
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The best way to describe this book would be... intense. This isn't a light read, not that I expected it to me. Existential works often leave me feeling sad and feeling a bit lost. It speaks to me in a way that made me consider the monotony of every day tasks things that seem so important are trivial.

I used to think about my own existence and how small and insignificant I felt, just one person in billions, a tiny speck in the vast space of the universe. One evening things came to a head. I had a teacher that lived by a certain set of ideals and he talked to me at length about existentialism, The Four Agreements and finding yourself. I immediately went out a bought a copy of The "Tao Te Ching". It's been several years since when I finally decided to look into it. I did some research and bought some philosophy books. The one that hit home was "Existentialism is Humanism".

My point is that I connected with this book even more than the previously mentioned. It was a fantastic, thought-provoking read. Definitely not something to read it one sitting. I had to get up a few times and walk around, smoke a cigarette and just let the words I'd read wash over me in between every 40 pages or so.
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Amazing, terrifying. Will make you feel your own existence. Everything is described extremely vividly. In the present. This book exists. Nausea
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Excellent, simply excellent read. Written in Journal/Diary entry form, it draws you in. I definitely recommend this book.
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I can't explain why, but this book took me a very long time to finish. I think it was because of how depressing the story made me feel. I can't explain why, but it was just sad and hollow.
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The first two thirds of the book was interesting, the last third helped to explain the story. Not for a casual read.
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