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Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at 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 "spread at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time, the
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Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 253 pages
Published November 30th 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1938)
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Jahn Sood
Jun 09, 2007 Jahn Sood rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.

6.9.07
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
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Tosh
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.
Florencia
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's a tough read. Especially if you feel like a giant failure that never lived, but existed (to live, one of the rarest thing
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jack
Jan 17, 2008 jack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Andie
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.
Kiri
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
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MJ Nicholls
Dec 09, 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
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
mai ahmd

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
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Alicia
Apr 06, 2007 Alicia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Roya
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 out...at 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'
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Mitra
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
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☽ Moon Rose ☯
"What counts in life is not the number of rare and exciting adventures he encounters, but the inner depth in that life."
---Hayden Carruth, From the book's Introduction

The psychological sojourn of the human mind in a state of undefined anxiety is what Jean-Paul Sartre puts to life in Nausea as it becomes his basis of inspiration to form a narrative style that encapsulates the formless thoughts into the ephemeral world of the physical as the unseen becomes visible in its convoluted form, showing
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Dhandayutha

Dear Sartre,

Its no novel.It end up pathetically as a mental masturbation.There is only ideas,passages,philosophies the real thing is missing.There is no experience!

Rating: 0/5!
Ben Loory
i am not a philosopher. words without pictures mean nothing to me. i once read Being and Nothingness. it was like eating a piece of wood. i ate the whole thing and then when i was done, i didn't even feel sick. i just felt like my teeth were about to fall out.

anyway, this book is different. i heard once that in his later days sartre disavowed all his earlier beliefs, his atheism, and became a catholic and believed very much in God. at the time i thought that was bizarre and funny, but after read
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Lilias
Aug 28, 2007 Lilias rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: observant loners
Shelves: fiction
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Full of wit and perfect attention to detail, the narrative chronicles Antoine's thoughts through his diary entries. The only criticism I have of the book is actually also a compliment, which is that the writing so accurately reflects a person's thoughts that the book becomes just as redundant as our thoughts tend to be (...or maybe just my thoughts, hm?). Thus the reading becomes a bit tedious, and that is what stops me, perhaps unfairly, from givi ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
الجزء الأوّل من الكتاب مملّ , لكنّه ربما كان ضروريا لتدخل في فضاء العبثيّة و المعنى الحقيقيّ لهذه الأجساد المتحرّكة على أرض التفاهة , في الجزء الأوّل يقترب أطوان من المرآة و يصف ما يراه , مشهد مقلق , هذا كان بداية الشعور بالكينونة ...
في الجزء الآخر يتدفّق سارتر , و يبدأ العرض , كساحر يجيد فنّه , العبثيّة , الكينوينة , اللحظات الكاملة , الغثيان , الإنسان ... مربك و صادم , ولو عدت إلى وقته كأوّل كتاب لسارتر , و أوّل كتاب يطرح مفاهيمه , فبإمكانك تخيّل مدى ما كانت هذه الحصاة قد أحدثت في واحة الثقافة
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Laila
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
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Justin
If I could sum this book up in one word: painful. In two words: painful and tedious. In several hundred words:

As my first exposure to Sartre’s thoughts on existence, Nausea is an effective demonstration of how the novel can lead the reader to examine the surrounding world in a different way. Sartre’s observations can lead you to recognize previously unsettling notions and feelings within reality.

As the lead character, Antoine Roquentin laboriously records his every thought in his journal (which
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Fewlas
Sono sempre intenta a scovare un equivalente musicale alle mie letture, ma questa volta Sartre mi ha facilitato il compito. Il suo Roquentin è infatti stregato da questo ragtime anni ’20: ”Some of these days” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_0ldg.... Sono quasi sicura che sia questo. Il pezzo è lui. Roquentin parla di una cantante negra. Sophie Tucker è bianca, la sua voce, sebbene a volte bluesy, non esprime la solita potenza delle più note vocalità blues.

“Tra un momento ci sarà il ritornello:
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Mitra
انتوان روکانتن قهرمان رمان تهوع تک وتنها در شهر بوویل زندگی می کند.هر چند دست اندر در کار پﮊوهشی تاریخی است باری دل مشغولی عمده اش "وجود" است.وجودی که او به آن می اندیشد وجود در سا حت این جهانی و جلوه گر در موقعیتهای اجتماعی فرد آدمی و روابط وی با افراد دیگر جامعه است.دو چیز روکانتن را می آزارد: یکی آنکه این وجود در ذرات خود نا واجب و نا عقلانی است و دیگر آنکه پیرامون او را جماعتی "رجاله" با احساساتی دروغین و اندیشه های کلیشه ای فرا گرفته اند.برخورد با این وجود نا عقلانی در انبوه جزئیات مبتذلش گ ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
A disturbing read of a man's philosophical insights of everyday happenings.. It clearly describes 'being' and 'existent' in a much simple way.. The protagonist feels the existence of everything outside him converging on him.. He is greatly disturbed by this that it causes him to feel 'nausea' every time he feels the imposing existence of outer things.. He is a free-faller himself with no anchor.. Towards the end of the story he realizes that it is him who defines the things around him.. That his ...more
Mahsa
سارتر مقدمه کتاب را با تاکید بر نوشتن دفترخاطرات شروع میکند برای ریز شدن برجزییات واتفاقات کوچک

ونادیده نگرفتن وقایعی که زنگارعادت گرفته اند وهمچنین به این دلیل که معتقد است ادبیات نوعی خروج از

جهان روزمره به سوی خیال، و فهم وادراک نواز واقعیت است

روکانتن ازترس لمس اشیاء دچار تهوع میشودچون گمان میکند که اشیا موجودات زنده اند و او درمقام مدرک

قرارگرفته است و اینگونه

مفاهیم پدیدارشناسانه را تداعی میکند که اگرچه انسان خالق ومبدع طبیعت نیست ولی ادارک کننده واقعی جز

انسان نیست ،مدرک بدون وجود درک کننده
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Let me give this difficult book a try.

Antoine Roquentin, the existential hero here, writes a diary where he records his attempts to explain what has brought him to his present despair. Or Nausea, with a capital M. To convince himself and his readers that this is real, he mentions anecdotes, stories and other characters he had experienced and encountered. I was myself beginning to despair, as some of his passages are really difficult and had dragged my mind into the void where it couldn't find me
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Tieu uyen
Chủ nghĩa hiện sinh là chủ nghĩa nhân bản, mà Buồn nôn lại là tác phẩm rõ ràng nhất về tính người trong mớ lý thuyết hiện sinh lung tung rối mù của Sartre.
Truyện dài dòng và lắm từ rắc rối nhưng đại khái kể về anh Roquentin, một ngày nọ Roquentin nhìn đâu cũng thấy buồn nôn, ảnh chán nản quá, ko biết làm gì, ảnh đọc sách để tìm lại mình và viết tiểu thuyết để giải tỏa.
Con người mà đại diện ở đây là anh Roquentin với sự đối lập chát chúa giữa lý thuyết và thực tế. Sự tồn tại của con người với ý
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Leo Robertson
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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Chris
Now here is a story about a really pathetic character, Antoine Roquentin, absolutely paralyzed and nauseated by his intellectual power and gravitas. My diagnosis: he played too much, then thought too much, then was too tired to take courageous steps in the best direction he knew. It was the epitome of the tension between thought and action illuminated by Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s famous line, “Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.” I think it’s interesting that in Antoine’ ...more
Lynn Beyrouthy
Difficult and tedious read, but it is extremely intellectually stimulating. The big existentialist questions evoked in this book made me reconsider the essence and meaning of my life as well as my strongly held convictions. Reading Sartre requires a great cognitive effort and I'm happy to say I endeavored to finish this book in high school.
Absolutely jaw-dropping.

My French literature teacher saw me reading this book and gasped "Pourquoi ne lis-tu pas quelque chose de moins lourd à ton âge?"
"Je
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Seemita
Mar 13, 2015 Seemita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jonathon
This book is pretty damn good. I think you really need to relish this book like a good cheeseburger..Eat slowly; savour each bite and let it go straight to the heart.... That was a really dumb thing I said right there....Anyways, I feel I can read a few pages and spend the next day or two thinking about them...This is among other productive things I spend my time thinking about, like for instance, weird ways I could die...

I feel there are some definite influences from Louis Ferdinand Celine in S
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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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