Nausea (novel)  

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"[It is] like a bruise or a secretion, like an oozing—and something else, an odour for example; it melted into the odour of wet earth, warm, moist wood, into a black odour that spread like varnish over its sensitive wood, in a flavour of chewed, sweet fibre." --Jean-Paul Sartre

"Dire qu'il y a des imbéciles pour puiser des consolations dans les beaux-arts. Comme ma tante Bigeois: "Les Préludes de Chopin m'ont été d'un tel secoursà la mort de ton pauvre oncle." Et les salles de concert regorgent d'humiliés, d'offensés qui, les yeux clos, cherchent à transformer leurs pâ̂les visages en antennes réceptrices. Ils se figurent que les sons captés coulent en eux, doux et nourrissants et que leurs souffrances deviennent musique, comme celles du jeune Werther; ils croient que la beauté leur est compatissante. Les cons."

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

La Nausée is a novel by the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, written in 1938 while he was a college professor. It is one of Sartre's best-known novels.

The Kafka-influenced novel concerns a dejected historian in a town similar to Le Havre who becomes convinced that inanimate objects and situations encroach on his ability to define himself, on his intellectual and spiritual freedom, evoking in the protagonist a sense of nausea.

It is widely considered one of the canonical works of existentialism. Sartre received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964. They said he was recognized, "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age." Sartre was one of the few people to ever decline the award, referring to it as merely a function of a bourgeois institution.

In her La Force de l'Âge (The Prime of Life - 1960), French writer Simone de Beauvoir claims that La Nausée grants consciousness a remarkable independence and gives reality the full weight of its sense.

It was translated into English by Lloyd Alexander (New York: New Directions, 1964).

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