Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre is a 238-page paperback published by New Directions, originally published in 1938, this copy was first published in 1959 as New Directions Paperbook No. 82, fifth printing. There is a light impression mark to the front cover and underlining to the back cover and a nametag to the title page. Inside, the binding is tight but may be dry due to age and some underlining to about 5 pages. This is a reader's copy.
Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher, critic, novelist and dramatist, holds a position of singular eminence in the world of French letters. Among readers and critics familiar with the whole of Sartre's work, it is generally recognized that his earliest novel, La Nausee (first published in 1938), is his finest and most significant. It is unquestionable a key novel of the Twentieth Century and a landmark in Existentialist fiction.
Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a french writer who is horrified by his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling and sensation about the world and people around him. 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." Roquentin's efforts to come to terms with life, his philosophical and psychological struggles, give Sartre the opportunity to dramatize the tenets of his Existentialist creed.Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 49-8942