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Sartre's greatest novel and existentialism's key text, now introduced by James Wood, and read by the inimitable Edoardo Ballerini.

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 20th century.

©1938, 1964, 2000 Editions Gallimard, New Directions Publishing Corp.,James Wood, Richard Howard (P)2021 New Directions Publishing Corp.

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Glad to have existed to enjoy reading this book!

Read this book for the 2nd time, and I’m grateful to have done so.

Recommended to anyone who wants to enjoy and learn from a thoughtful and deep philosophical work. The book is a bit depressing (not a surprise) but exciting at the same time. A mix of greatness (philosophy, feeling, deep thinking, and an indirect guide on existentialism).

The book (or existentialism in general) was necessary to reduce the bad effects of an inflamed ego, which deeply affected humanity after the industrial advancement back then. We need to have Nausea “reincarnated” to reduce the affects of a more inflamed ego humanity suffers from now after social media (aka antisocial media).

The narrator is great!

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Had trouble with this one.

I was able to finish but I had trouble just casually listening to this one while in the car. did some basic research on the writer's ideas and it's easy to grasp his basic philosophy but I had trouble connecting it all to this book. felt really stupid because after reading some intro material on sartre I found it very interesting but after listening to this book I just realize now how illiterate I am when it comes to this stuff, lol.
Very unsettling philosophy though, and even though I just dipped my toes into it I can say I actually see the world a little differently, its a little unsettling. I feel a little unsettled but more humble too.
I found the play "No Exit" , which I watched on yt the other day. a little more accessible if you do basic research on the philosophy.
the Narration was A+ and made the book finishable for me.

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A great old book

It is nice to get to listen to this great old book performed by a professional reader.

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Thank you Sartre...

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Sarte is no Camus

Sarte takes himself as an all to serious exiistiainlist......too obvious ....I have no doubt why this work was never considered a great work in contrast to Camus "The Stranger" ...not impressed