Jean-Paul Sartre, La Nausée [Nausea]

Eddis Miller (Pace University)
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Nausea

, Jean-Paul Sartre’s first novel, was published in 1938. It is widely considered to be his best (he would later publish three novels in his unfinished tetralogy,

The Roads to Freedom

). Along with Albert Camus’

The Stranger

(1942), it is arguably the quintessential existentialist novel, and, like Camus’ novel, it is often read as the literary counterpart to philosophical views expressed non-fictionally elsewhere.

Nausea

is frequently read in relation to Sartre’s philosophical chef-d’œuvre,

Being and Nothingness

(1943). Though it won no literary prizes and was hardly a best seller—it took until 1950 to sell 50,000 copies (Deguy 25)—

Nausea

was well reviewed by critics who recognized in Sartre an important new literary voice. (Many of these reviews are collected in the…

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Citation: Miller, Eddis. "La Nausée". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 February 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11108, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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