The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels Books

The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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List Criteria: Top works of absurd literature

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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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Albert Camus

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    Joseph Heller

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    Samuel Beckett

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

    Rhinoceros Eugène Ionesco

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Albert Camus

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    The ultimate hitchhiker's guid... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

    The ultimate hitchhiker's guide Douglas Adams

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    Ralph Ellison

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    Thomas Pynchon

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    Patrick Süskind

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    Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Albert Camus

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    John Kennedy Toole

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    One of Our Thursdays Is Missin... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

    One of Our Thursdays Is Missing Jasper Fforde

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    Christopher Moore

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    G. K. Chesterton

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    Malpertuis Jean Ray

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    Samuel Beckett

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    The Green Snake and the Beauti... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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    The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    Héliogabale, ou, L'anarchiste couronné Antonin Artaud

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    David Foster Wallace

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    Samuel Beckett

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    Samuel Beckett

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    Brian O'Nolan

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    Absurdistan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

    Absurdistan Gary Shteyngart

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    Samuel Beckett

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    Invitation to a Beheading is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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    Invitation to a Beheading Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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    The Boxman

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    Harold Pinter

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    Yevgeny Petrov, Ilya Ilf

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    Daniel Handler

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    Wake in Fright Kenneth Cook

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    Tales of Sex & Suburban Lu... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

    Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy Helen Argiro

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    M. John Harrison

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    Checkered Scissors is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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    Checkered Scissors Douglas Schwartz

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