By Jean-Paul Sartre
Sartre's maximum novel — and existentialism's key textual content — now brought via James Wood.
Nausea is the tale of Antoine Roquentin, a French author who's horrified at his personal life. In impressionistic, diary shape he ruthlessly catalogs his each feeling and sensation. His innovations culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which "spreads on the backside of the viscous puddle, on the backside of our time — the time of crimson suspenders and damaged chair seats; it's made up of huge, smooth instants, spreading on the side, like an oil stain."
Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature (though he declined to simply accept it), Jean-Paul Sartre — thinker, critic, novelist, and dramatist — holds a place of singular eminence on this planet of French letters. La Nausée, his first and most sensible novel, is a landmark in Existential fiction and a key paintings of the 20 th century.