La Nausée

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Bogdan Radenkovic - La Nausée
Bogdan Radenkovic - La Nausée

La Nausée is an expression of my inability to define myself in a physical surrounding and tendency of objects to affect my integration in the reality. Later I found out that the same matter is closely described in Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel with the same name. Sartre’s La Nausée is an epistolary novel, published in 1938 and written while he was teaching at the lycée of Le Havre. The novel concerns a dejected historian in a town similar to Le Havre, who becomes convinced that inanimate objects and situations encroach on his ability to define himself, on his intellectual and spiritual freedom, evoking in the protagonist a sense of nausea - objects should not touch because they are not alive. You use them; put them back in place, you live among them. They are useful nothing more. But they touch me, it is unbearable. I am afraid of being in contact with them as though they were living beasts.

By Bogdan Radenkovic