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  • Published: 1 December 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141185491
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.00

Nausea

With Introduction


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The classic existentialist novel, now rejacketed in the Penguin Modern Classics eau-de-nil livery.

Jean-Paul Sartre's first published novel, Nausea is both an extended essay on existentialist ideals, and a profound fictional exploration of a man struggling to restore a sense of meaning to his life. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is translated from the French by Robert Baldick with an introduction by James Wood.

Nausea is both the story of the troubled life of an introspective historian, Antoine Roquentin, and an exposition of one of the most influential and significant philosophical attitudes of modern times - existentialism. The book chronicles his struggle with the realisation that he is an entirely free agent in a world devoid of meaning; a world in which he must find his own purpose and then take total responsibility for his choices. A seminal work of contemporary literary philosophy, Nausea evokes and examines the dizzying angst that can come from simply trying to live.


If you enjoyed Nausea, you might like Albert Camus' The Outsider, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141185491
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Jean Paul Sartre


Jean-Paul Sartre – one of the best-known and most discussed modern French writers and thinkers – was born in Paris in 1905. His friendship with Simone de Beauvoir, whom he met while studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, stretched over fifty years, until his death in 1980. He is perhaps best remembered as the founder of French existentialism and as a man of passion, fighting for what he believed in. Among his best known works are La Nausee (1938), Les Mouches (1943), Huis clos (1944) and the trilogy Les Chemins de la liberté; published in Penguin as The Age of Reason, The Reprieve and The Iron in the Soul.

The Letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir 1926-1939 is also published by Penguin.

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Praise for Nausea

“One of the very few successful members of the genre "Philosophical Novel" . . . a young man's tour de force”

Iris Murdoch


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