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by Jean-Paul Sartre

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The classic Existentialist novel, with a new introduction by renowned poet, translator, and critic Richard Howard.  See more details below


The classic Existentialist novel, with a new introduction by renowned poet, translator, and critic Richard Howard.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
“It is the most enjoyable book Sartre has ever written.”
Atlantic Monthly
“The best-written and most interesting of Sartre's novels.”
The New York Post
“With Nausea Sartre has succeeded magnificently—and horribly—in extending the realm of the novel to the outermost reaches of naked self-examination.”

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
A New Directions Paperbook Series, #1073
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet 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 forThe New Yorker. Born in Durham, England, he began his career atThe Guardianand later became a senior editor atThe New Republic. He currently serves on the editorial board ofThe London Review of BooksandThe Commonin Cambridge, MA. His books includeThe Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel,How Fiction Works, and, most recently,The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays.

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Nausea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing work of art that transforms the very heart of life. Sartre brilliantly paints a picture of man taken to his simplest form, of a man conscious of his existence and searching for his very essence, only to find the horrific and obscure truth of life; that being that we exist, nothing else, at the culmination of his journey. Yes, in this moment I exist; I breathe in and out, transformed upon the expulsion of that very breath. Still, I exist, even though I am never truly myself again, that which I was now different and lost in the past: a being irrelevant in the ever-changing present. We struggle, desire, to be more, but still, we, like the trees, the rocks, and everything else, exist, living within this absurdity, this nothingness that envelops all. In fact, I am this nothingness but, at the same time, I am everything, for nothing exists without the qualifcation of its existence. I am everything and nothing, yet both at the same time, paradoxically speaking. This, is the truth of Sartre, and, 'Some of these days/ You'll miss me honey,' for now, I shall never be the same. Pure brilliance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Café Philosopher¿s first and finest work that points to or surmises his existential ideas in his later works. Nausea is indeed a "beautiful and hard as steel" philosophical novel that makes "people ashamed of their existence" or at least lures people to question "it." Nausea is a book "above existence... an adventure." It is Sartre¿s realization, masking himself behind his character Antoine Roquentin, that existence suddenly unveils itself as Nausea ¿ a frightful, obscene and naked disorderliness (127). Comparing or paralleling Sartre¿s "absurdity" of existence with Schopenhauer¿s "vanity" of existence is strikingly similar. Schopenhauer says, "The vanity of existence is revealed in the whole form existence assumes: in the infiniteness of time and space contrasted with the finiteness of the individual in both; in the fleeting present as the sole form in which actuality exists; in the contingency and relativity of all things; in continual becoming without being; in continual desire without satisfaction; in the continual frustration of striving of which life consists... That which has been no longer is; it as little exists as does that which has never been. But everything that is in the next moment has been. Thus, the most significant present has over the most significant past the advantage of actuality, which means that the former bears to the latter the relation of something to nothing... We suddenly exist, after having for countless millennia not existed..."
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this novel for a philosophy class, and having to write a paper on the ideas expressed throughout, it is evident that Sartre's intentions were to incorporate his ideas through the counts of a fictional 'diary'. The novel seemed to have a consistent drag of emotions and expressions that really never stopped through the whole book. It was easy to get lost in translation of the text and documentarys of the charachter 'Roquentin'. The overwhelming expressions of the charachters emotions and feelings left me distraught and exhausted, while at the same time leaving me unfulfilled with the ending. Overall, brilliant writing on Sartre's part, but don't be looking for a feel good ending while reading Sartre's 'Nausea'.
BookReviewersClub More than 1 year ago
Dean Goranites of the BookReviewersClub reviewed the book "Nausea" by Jean-Paul Sartre. This book is a blend of philosophy and existentialism, and portrays the belief that we are all singular people going through the process of life by ourselves. That it is our free will and our decisions that help dictate how our lives will go. "Nausea" is a work of fiction that walks the line between literature and philosophy. Dean said this book made him feel depressed. Most parts were very similar to Albert Camus's "The Stranger" but they didn't grip him nearly as much. In "The Stranger," every word seemed important, but in "Nausea," it was usually a paragraph or a sentence that would really hit home. While reading, he would tend stop for a second and reread something 3 or 4 times. Those times, he was usually impressed at how Sartre was able to come up with something he had always felt inside but was never able to vocalize. Or just maybe, he had never even thought about it enough to vocalize it - like it was a kind of subconscious feeling about the world he'd always had. All in all, Dean gave the book 3 stars since he felt it was worth reading all the way through, but he doubted he would read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The rating is for the book itself. This is not a "new translation" so don't waste your money if you have an earlier New Directions Edition of this book.
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hate it
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I haven't had the opportunity to read this book yet, despite the fact I ordered it, and received it in December. I let my brother barrow it since i was still reading another book. I never got my book back! He loved this book SO much that he would not part with it and bought me a new copy. He is currently rereading the book for the 3rd time. This is impressive for a book I bought on a whim and knew next to nothing about.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Nausea is the coolest Book ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a sad and depressing account of human existance. I strongly dissagree with Sartre's philosophy however if you like the idea of living in a world without meaning this book is for you.