writers The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels  

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List of the best absurdist fiction novels from various time periods with the title and the author's name listed next to images of the novel's jacket sleeve. Absurdist fiction began in the late 19th and early 20th century out of modernist literature with authors spanning this period such as Joseph Heller, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Albert Camus, plus many more of the best novelists.

The list asks the question, "What is the best absurdist fiction novel?" and gives a list of the best novels with room to add more if what your idea of the best novel is not on the list already so that other readers can vote on your selection.

Absurdist fiction novels let the reader judge the characters and these novels do not have a set moral of the story, which is left up to the reader's interpretation, as well. There usually is not a set plot or theme is these type of novels and are used to study human behavior than understand it. Absurd fiction novels use the techniques of satire, dark humor and incongruity to make them the best in their genre.

Novels include The Stranger by Albert Camus, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and many more absurd fiction picks.

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Stranger Albert Camus

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett

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The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The ultimate hitchhiker's guid... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Trial Franz Kafka

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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

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Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

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The Myth of Sisyphus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus

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The Plague is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Plague Albert Camus

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Rhinoceros Eugène Ionesco

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Lamb: The Gospel According to ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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Still Life with Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Fall Albert Camus

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Nausea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Perfume Patrick Süskind

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A Dirty Job is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
A Dirty Job Christopher Moore

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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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Malone Dies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Malone Dies Samuel Beckett

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The Man Who Was Thursday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton

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One of Our Thursdays Is Missin... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Green Snake and the Beauti... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Unnamable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Unnamable Samuel Beckett

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Murphy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Murphy Samuel Beckett

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Invitation to a Beheading is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Invitation to a Beheading Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Broom of the System is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Broom of the System David Foster Wallace

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Watt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Watt Samuel Beckett

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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Ne... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Third Policeman Brian O'Nolan

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The Twelve Chairs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Twelve Chairs Yevgeny Petrov, Ilya Ilf

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Molloy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Molloy Samuel Beckett

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John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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Malpertuis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Malpertuis Jean Ray

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The Tartar Steppe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Tartar Steppe Dino Buzzati

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Oothangbart, a Subversive Fabl... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Oothangbart, a Subversive Fable for Adults and Bears by Rebecca Lloyd. Pillar International Publishing Isbn 978-1-911303-02-2

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The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Birthday Party Harold Pinter

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Absurdistan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Absurdistan Gary Shteyngart

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Héliogabale, ou, L'anarchiste ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Tenant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Tenant Roland Topor

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The Austere Academy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Austere Academy Daniel Handler

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Tales of Sex & Suburban Lu... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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Light is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Light M. John Harrison