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Nausea – Summary

Antoine Roquentin, a historian living in Bouville, France, begins a diary to help him explain the strange and sickening sensations that have been bothering him for the previous few days. He is not sure what exactly is wrong with him, often doubting if there is any need to keep a diary at all. Nevertheless, a …

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Nausea – Section 1

Summary The novel opens with an “Editors Note,” claiming that the following pages were found among the papers of Antoine Roquentin. The pages are presented in a diary format. The Editors suggest that Roquentin began his diary in January 1932, following his return from the Far East, Central Europe, and North Africa. He moved to …

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Nausea – Section 2

Summary Roquentin begins the next section in the grips of what he calls the “Nausea.” He previously thought that his odd feelings around objects and people only occurred when he was alone or walking in the street, but now they also occur in his favorite cafe. Overcome with anxiety, he exclaims in his diary: “Things …

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Nausea – Section 3

Summary Roquentin finds himself unable to complete his research on the Marquis de Rollebon. He used to enjoy Rollebons overt lies in letters to contemporary aristocrats, but Roquentin now feels that Rollebon is lying to him personally. He had hoped that by researching Rollebon, he would discover the truth about him just as easily as …

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Nausea – Section 4

Summary Roquentins final refusal to research Rollebon gives him a greater understanding of the meaning of existence. He thinks the past does not exist at all, while the present is the only thing that does. His foray into Rollebons past was nothing but a “vacation” from existence. Roquentins memories of his research have become an …

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Nausea – Section 5

Summary Roquentin had moved to Bouville in order to study the Rollebon archives, so after abandoning his research he sees no reason to remain there. He plans to first visit his ex-lover Anny in Paris, return to Bouville to pack up his belongings, and then return to Paris indefinitely. He secretly hopes that he can …

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Nausea – Analysis

Although Existentialism is primarily a philosophy, existentialists emphasize artistic creation as a vital aspect of existence. As a result, Sartre often chose to combine both the finer points of his philosophy and aesthetic concerns in plays, short stories, and novels. Unlike the fiction of the famous philosopher, Voltaire, Sartres fiction is not allegorical or mythical, …

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