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3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  59,326 Ratings  ·  1,883 Reviews
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 in
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 253 pages
Published November 30th 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1938)
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Fred Kohn I am currently reading it and am finding that I have to go back and reread certain sections. Also, I cannot read very much without putting it down.…moreI am currently reading it and am finding that I have to go back and reread certain sections. Also, I cannot read very much without putting it down. Like many existentialist novels, most of the action takes place inside the main character's head, which makes it very different than most novels– especially the ones being written these days.(less)
TROY CROWHURST I can understand how this novel can come across as pretty miserable. Sartre was renown for his negative ideas, famously quoted as saying: 'Hell is…moreI can understand how this novel can come across as pretty miserable. Sartre was renown for his negative ideas, famously quoted as saying: 'Hell is other people'. His point though was that by stressing the meaninglessness of life, we are 'free' to create that meaning ourselves 'authentically'. You'd need to check that out. In truth this novel doesn't take us past the first negative stage really and I was told at college that he was probably developing his ideas literally as he was writing this novel. Funny that he was a really social guy always round the Parisien cafes with a reputation as being generous with his tips! More interesting still, is that he was particularly ugly and in recognising his own ugliness and I feel that he as inspired in his negative thinking on humanity ( Only my thoughts though!) Hope you weren't too depressed by it!?(less)

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Jahn Sood
May 28, 2007 Jahn Sood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who is more emotional stable than me.
I put a longer review of this book / a journal entry that I wrote while I was reading it in "my writing" since it was too long for this page.

Nausea is not a good thing to have as the only thing that belongs to you, and even worse as the only thing that you belong to. It is sickening and dark and so terribly everyday that it gets inside you if you let it. Sartre writes beautifully and describes the physical world in such incredible detail, that if you are a reader, and even more if you are
Roquentin, Meursault; Meursault, Roquentin. Now, go outside, grab a cup of coffee and have fun. I'll be here, sitting on the floor surrounded by cupcakes, ice cream and some twisted books, like an existentialist Bridget Jones, just contemplating my own ridiculous existence, thanks to you guys and your crude and insightful comments about life and its inevitable absurdity.

It is a tough read. Especially if you feel like a giant failure that never lived, but existed (to live, one of the rarest thin
Jul 01, 2015 فرشاد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
محشر بود. انگار داشتم زندگی خودم رو میخوندم. نوشته های کتاب رو سطر به سطر زندگی کردم. از همون شروع به خودم گفتم "عجب صحنه روشنی" "چقدر همه این نوشته ها زنده اس." بعضی از صفحه های کتاب اونقدر زیبا بود که برمیگشتم و دوباره و سه باره میخوندم. توی بیشتر صفحه های کتاب یه خلاء و یه پوچی خاص وجود داشت که روح من رو جذب می کرد. این کتاب دقیقا هیچ چیزی رو روایت نمیکنه بجز خود هیچ.. بجز پوچی.. به جای وجود.. شاید بشه گفت سلوک یک نویسنده در جهت معنا بخشیدن به زندگی.. خیلی عالی و بی نظیر بود. هرچند که به نظر ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Kiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, wow. They should stock this thing in the bible section. Or the adult erotica section, because either way it gives you some pretty intense experiences.

In a nutshell: this book is kind of like an existentialist essay in the form of a diary. It's about this red-haired writer guy Antoine Roquentin, who's recently been overwhelmed with an intolerable awareness of his own existence. Like, super intolerable. Like, a soul-crushing, mind-blowing, nausea-inducing kind of intolerable. It's pretty awe
May 18, 2007 Andie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
If you live in Florida, lets say Ft. Lauderdale, don't read this book... especially when you're trying to pay the bills by working in a call center and you're aweful at telemarketing and you're roommate is weird and depressed and everyone around you is fake and plastic. That's my only warning. Otherwise, it's a great book.
Mar 01, 2008 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean-Paul Sartre's version of "Rebel Without a Cause" and like James Dean, Sartre himself became an icon. Written in the late 30's, Sartre's study of a man who analyze his feelings, bearings on a world that makes him sick. This book has so much identity to it, that it is almost a brand name for 'youth.' There is nothing better then to be caught reading this novel by a pretty girl in a coffee house. Unless it's Starbucks, and then it is just... pointless.
Steven  Godin
Nov 28, 2016 Steven Godin rated it really liked it
Third time lucky...

I have always preferred the work of Albert Camus when it comes to the subject of 'existentialism'. It has taken me three attempts to read Nausea to finally appreciate. Whereas I just found Camus easier to digest immediately. This small novel is no doubt an important work and essential reading for philosophical purposes. I remember reading Camus's 'The Stranger and Sartre's Nausea back to back, similar in some ways, not in others, The Stranger lingered for weeks, Nausea drifted
Jan 13, 2008 jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves the smiths, anyone over the age of 18
i found this book at a salvation army when i was 17, i had no idea who sartre was, i just liked the description on the back and it sounded really depressing which i was into at the time. i kept trying to read it for the next five years but could never get past the first ten pages or so because it would just bum me out too much.

i finally read it when i had just graduated from college. i'm glad that i waited that long because i don't think i would have gotten the joke until then. in much the same
Franco  Santos
Dec 19, 2016 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Análisis breve y probablemente inexacto de Antoine Roquentin

Antoine Roquentin, hombre de 30 años, soltero, francés, vive en Bouville, historiador aficionado y adicto al trabajo. Sartre centró en aquel personaje, en apariencia trivial y sin mucho atractivo, el hastío, el absurdo que ilustra su filosofía existencialista. Roquentin se siente consternado por el conocimiento de su futilidad, una bolsa de huesos sin finalidad. Le repugna su existencia, la rechaza, y le repele el conocimiento de su mis
MJ Nicholls
Dec 08, 2011 MJ Nicholls marked it as dropped
An insufferable philosophical classic, penned in nauseating and styleless first person prose. Roquentin is an arrogant buffoon whose existential woes are trivial, arch and pathetic. No attempt to create a novel has been made, apart from using that most lazy of constructs, the diary, opening the whole work out to a meandering thought-stream of excruciating random dullness. It isn’t accessible to confused students, unless those students happen to be aesthetes on private incomes writing dull histor ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
A Novel of Ideas?

Much criticism of "Nausea" describes it as a novel of ideas, as if this is necessarily a pejorative term.

To me, the term (as used in this negative context) implies that the characters are a mere mouthpiece for ideas or ideologies, and that they simply argue with each other until a resolution is reached (or not).

I question whether this characterisation applies to "Nausea", and would like to make a case for an alternative perspective on the novel in this review.

Ironically, to argu
Jan 13, 2010 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
یکی از شب های خوب زندگیم رو پای این کتاب گذاشتم. شبی که 1 فلاکس چای کنارم بود و تا صبح چای و تهوع
hossein sharifi
Sep 02, 2016 hossein sharifi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب را ابتدا به ترجمه ی بسیار بد جناب اعلم خواندم. پر بود از کلمات سخت و نثری که به هیچ وجه خواننده را نمی گرفت. اما اینبار نسخه ای بسیار قدیمی به نام" استفراغ" به ترجمه جناب صدوقی پیدا کردم. ترجمه ی آن به مراتب بهتر بود. همچنین در چند قسمت، بالاخص در فصل آخر ترجمه ی جناب اعلم سانسور و حذفیاتی بود که در این کتاب بطورکامل آورده شده بود.
در هنگام خوانش کتاب، نثر به گونه ایست که خود را در جای شخصیت اصلی داستان گذاشته و انگار با او در شهر و کافه و کتابخانه قدم میزنید. کم کم صداهایی توی سرتان، حر
mai ahmd
Mar 21, 2012 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

عندما كتب ساتر روايته الاولى التي اشتهرت تحت عنوان «الغثيان»، وكان قد اسماها في البداية «تأملات في الصدفة»، عرضها على رفيقة حياته سيمون دوبوفوار، التي وجدتها مملة ولا تتضمن عنصر التشويق، أعاد سارتر صياغتها قبل ارسالها الى الناشر
الفرنسي «غاليمار»، لكن لجنة القراءة رفضتها واعتبرتها غير ذات شأن.
مما أصابه بالإحباط الشديد والاكتئاب
الا أنه قرر التصرف بشكل عملي هذه المرة ملتمسا من صديقه، شارل دولان، التوسط لدى الناشر، غاستون غاليمار. واقترح الناشر تعديلات وتغييرا للعنوان إلى «الغثيان».
وهكذا ظهرت للوجو
Vikas Lather
Sep 17, 2016 Vikas Lather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Deeply unsettling novel reflecting the hideous emptiness of our existence. "I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.”
رؤیا (Roya)
Feb 20, 2017 رؤیا (Roya) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفی
اولین خوانش من از سارتر که باید آن را در رده پیچیده همراه با تهوع و لذت طبقه بندی کنم. پیچیده گی نه از جهت درک نشدن که از جهت "هست" بودن و معنایی که همیشه فکر را درگیر میکند. تهوع از جهت همذات پنداری با هرخط و احساس پشت کلمات و لذت برای اینکه بدانی در احساس پوچی و افسردگی تنها نبوده ای...تهوع داستان مردی مورخ و دانش پژوه است که در شهری دورافتاده و بدون هیچ خانواده و دوستی در افسردگی و تنهایی زندگی میکند و به دنبال نوشتن کتابی تاریخی است. زندگی در سطح به شکلی اتوماتیکی و بدون اراده در جریان است و ...more
As literature, Nausea is a remarkable character study and exploration of the ideas of existentialism. Sartre is a talented writer, capable of some truly striking prose, and the novel succeeds at drawing the reader deep into the mind of Roquentin in a manner that is intimate and engaging.

But I can't say that I find these ideas as a basis for thought all that compelling. Sartre seems to have seized upon a common yet admittedly powerful experience - that peculiar sensation of sudden strangeness wh
Vit Babenco
Dec 20, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is a captive of loneliness and time.
“This sun and blue sky were only a snare. This is the hundredth time I've let myself be caught. My memories are like coins in the devil's purse: when you open it you find only dead leaves.”
For him there are no expectations and no changes in life… the world passes him by…
“I can no longer distinguish present from future and yet it lasts, it happens little by little…”
So the protagonist becomes nauseated with reality and his purposeless existence t
Elizabeth Cárdenas
I have to admit that I read this book in the summer between finishing high school and starting college - a time when I felt sure everything I'd been taught was irrelevant. When I read Nausea, I thought and acted like I had discovered the holy grail! I told all my friends (all 3 of them) they HAD to read it. I fell in love with this book with the intensity only a young person in their late teens can. (Evidently not all young people feel this way. My best friend still blames me ruining her summer ...more
Feb 02, 2017 Trevor rated it it was amazing
I can’t really tell you why I picked this up now – I just decided I needed to read some fiction. Perhaps I also thought I should ease my way gently back into fiction with something written by a philosopher. The more I think about it, the more this book seems like an awfully strange one to pick – but I seemed quite determined at the time to start reading it. It would be nice to then be able to say – and this was just the book I needed to read right now, this was just the thing - as if there were ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okudukça eskiden dikkatimi çekmeyen şeylerin gözüme battığını; ya da alışkanlıkların değiştiğini fark ettim. Eskiden kitap seçerken sadece benden önce okumuş olanların fikirlerine bakar, yayın evi, kaçıncı baskı, çevirmen etkisi gibi unsurları pek dikkate almazdım. Bir süredir alışkanlıklarım değişiyor sanırım. Bu bağlamda Sartre'ın Bulantı'sını almadan önce bir araştırma yaptım.

Bulduklarım arasında kitabın eksik çeviri olduğu da vardı. (kaynak:Hilmi Yavuz okuma notları) minik bir alıntı da ekl

«حيرت انگيزتر از هر حيرت انگيز، اين است كه هست ها هستند.»


«می دانی چقدر همه چیز وحشت انگیز است؟ وجودی که فکر می کند! یعنی چه اندیشیدن؟ چطور یک "چیز" می تواند بیندیشد؟ آجر، کتاب مثلاً یا هر جسم دیگری، فکر کن یک شیئ بیندیشد. یا مثلاً زاییده شدن از بی جان. از یک قطره که از مجرای ادرار خارج می شود، حیات و خودآگاهی ایجاد می شود. چطور زن های آبستن وحشت نمی کنند که در شکمشان چیزی حمل می کنند که ادراک می کند؟ چیز زنده باید بیشتر، هزاران هزار بار بیشتر وحشت انگیز باشد تا یک جسد. یک جسد همانی است که
Ilenia Zodiaco
Nov 26, 2015 Ilenia Zodiaco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, alieni
Sono in una selva di dubbi e incertezze. è "uno di quei libri", mi sa.
Mar 23, 2007 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with patience and interest in existentialism
Shelves: philosophy
This was a tedious read, and though a short novel, it took me a couple of months on and off to get through it. Sartre sets out to illustrate/explore existentialism in the narrative form. I liked his similar attempt in the play "The Flies" better, as it had a lot more humor and story going on. If you liked Nadja by Andre Breton, you might be insane but you will probably like the writing style of this novel also. I sometimes wondered if the novel flows better or is more poetic in its native French ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Mahsa.RM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
موقع خوندن"تهوع" انتظار داشتم با کتابی مثل بیگانه و مسخ روبرو شم اما پوچی سارتر کاملا متفاوت با کامو و کافکا بود.درطول خوندن مدام تمرکزم بهم می خورد و برای اینکه تو جریان کتاب باشم باید خیلی به خودم زحمت می دادم.با این حال کوچیکترین نکته ای کافی بود تا منو از روند کتاب دور کنه مثلا یه قسمت از کتاب اشاره جزءی به ناپلئون کرده بود منم تو دنیای رویاهام غرق شدم به فکر رمان دزیره افتادم.
تنها نکته ای که باعث شد به خوندن ادامه بدم_بااینکه 100 صفحه خونده بودم چون احساس کردم تمرکز کافی نداشتم دوباره شروع
Feb 10, 2017 Yakup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zihnimde kitap hakkında oluşan fikrim genel olarak; yaşam içindeki tüm edimsel praksislerde yüzeyselliğin hakim olduğunu aslında diğer taraftan eğer detaylandırılmış derin bir varoluşsal bakış ile bakıldığı takdirde daha hakim bir gözlemin mevcudiyetinin betimsel yansımasıdır.
DNF at 50%

One evening (well technically it was morning), I made the futile attempt to find out what existentialism is all about. I finally found three in the morning. Great fun. Anyway, I got interested enough to read a book on it. I'd never read philosophy before now.

Firstly, I'm not sure if it's just my edition, but the sheer amount of typos throughout this book have made me murderous with rage. It had its moments of brilliance, but most of the time everything felt somewhat vague. It'
Mar 06, 2015 Seemita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seemita by: Riku Sayuj
Back in my school, when I took “Sanskrit” for the first time as a language, I was fascinated by it. Like Mathematics, I felt that anything and everything could be explained by Sanskrit. The language of the wise and experienced, it had its roots dating back to millions of centuries and was contributed to swell to its current form by thousands of brilliant minds and astute practitioners of life and non-life forms. The stream was so vivacious and bountiful that by just touching its surface, i.e., b ...more
Mitra Nazem
هر لحظه را وارسی می کنم, می کوشم تا رمقش را بکشم; هیچ چیز نیست که بگذرد و نگیرمش و

برای همیشه در خودم نگهش ندارم,هیچ چیز, نه لطافت گذرنده ی این چشمهای زیبا, نه همهمه خیابان, نه روشنایی کاذب سحر:و با این حال دقیقه سپری می شود و من نگهش نمی دارم, دوست دارم که بگذرد.

و بعد ناگهان چیزی یکباره می شکند...ماجرا به پایان رسیده است, زمان جریان شل روزانه اش را از سر می گیرد.

سر می گردانم:پشت سرم, آن صورت زیبا و خوش آهنگ یکسره در گذشته فرو می رود.کوچک می شود, هنگام افول خود چروکیده می شود و حالا آغاز با پا
Leo Robertson
Jul 16, 2012 Leo Robertson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
That’s right: my meter is pregnant with stars. A full f**king 5 of them. That said, did I understand everything I read? F**k no. (The benefit of asterisks as I plan to swear a lot more :D)

But, many Goodreaders and former me, you can rate something 5* without understanding the whole thing. The reason in this case being that it communicates something to you that you don’t fully perceive, creates dialogue puzzles that peak your curiosity to solve another day and begs for a re-read. But I don’t shy
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has ex
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