Antoine Roquentin is researching the Marquis de Rollebon, a long dead French aristocrat, in order to justify his own existence, but he is stricken with a peculiar illness that stalls his research. In order to make sense of the Nausea that he feels he begins writing a diary. The story follows those diary entries and the confrontations that occur because of his realizations. —Andrew— From Staff Favorites List
Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogs his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which "spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time -- the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain."
Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature (though he declined to accept it), Jean-Paul Sartre -- philosopher, critic, novelist, and dramatist -- holds a position of singular eminence in the world of French letters. La Naus e, his first and best novel, is a landmark in Existential fiction and a key work of the twentieth century.