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existentialist philosophy expounded through the everyday,
This review is from: Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Nausea is a philosophical novel. It's the diary of a historian who lives on his own in a hotel room, leaving it only to sit in cafes and the public library, where he has a passing, indifferent acquaintance with another loner. The circumstances are banal, and it's through the eyes of this solitary in these everyday circumstances that Sartre dissects people, their pride, their illusions and their blindness in a very convincing way, developing to a discussion of existence itself.
I couldn't stress enough how important I consider this work to be - I have come to value everything else I have read in terms of it, and they always suffer in comparison. It is quite shockingly complete, compact and profound. Not only is this a great work of literature, a sensitive insight into human loneliness and a beautiful coherent whole, but it is also the work of a logician; from basic realities and simple observation, Sartre guides us step by logical step towards some truly unexpected, disturbing conclusions.
To me Nausea is a testament to what a man can achieve with a pen and paper.