Nausea is the English translation of La Naus�e, the debut novel of Jean-Paul Sartre, the celebrated existentialist philosopher. The famous work was written while he was a professor at the Lyc�e de Le Havre and published in 1938.
The happenings in the novel occur in a town named Bouville. The story is about a dejected historian, who is certain that some situations and inanimate objects intrude into the capacity to define himself, his spiritual and intellectual freedom, arousing in him a sense of extreme nausea.
Written as entries in a diary, the story is about a young man named Antoine Roquentin who, returns to France after trotting the globe for many years. He settles down in an imaginary harbor town called Bouville to complete a research study he was doing on a prominent politician of the 18th-century. However, soon a sickness that he calls nausea befalls him, adversely affecting everything that does and enjoys, such as the research project; the company of a person who is reading alphabetically every book in Bouville�s local library; a relationship with Fran�oise, a caf� owner; his memories the English woman Anny, whom he loved once; his own two hands as well as nature�s beauty.
At the end of the book, Roquentin makes a resolution to accept the unconcern of the world to man's ambition. Once he accepts it, he could clearly perceive this realization with regret, although he also sees it as an opportunity. Man is free to derive his own meaning, freedom is a grave responsibility, and there is no meaning without commitment. At last the nature of his own being is revealed to him, when he comes face to face with the troublesome temporary and inadequate nature of man�s existence.
Other best- selling books by the author are The Age of Reason Trilogy and Being and Nothingness. You can buy online this paperback book that is listed with the ISBN number of ISBN-10: 014118549X and ISBN-13: 978-0141185491.