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List of famous absurdist fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular absurdist fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best absurdist fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Dirty Job is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Christopher Moore A Dirty Job is the ninth novel by Christopher Moore, published in 2006. While reflecting the author's absurdist tendencies, the content of the novel draws in no small part from his own ...more

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a ...more

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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Cameron Pierce

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Joseph Heller Catch-22 is a satirical novel by the American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953; the novel was first published in 1961. It is frequently cited as one of the greatest literary ...more

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Cruel Shoes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Steve Martin Cruel Shoes is a collection of offbeat, mostly humorous essays and short stories by Steve Martin, and his first published book, and is also the title of one of the pieces therein, a satirical ...more

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Fluke, or, I Know Why the Wing... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Christopher Moore Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is the seventh novel by Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own ...more

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Fool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Christopher Moore Fool is the eleventh novel by Christopher Moore, released on February 10, 2009. The novel takes its premise from the plot of Shakespeare's play King Lear, narrated from the perspective of the ...more

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Kangaroo Notebook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Kobo Abe Kangaroo Notebook is a novel written by the Japanese writer Kōbō Abe between ca. 1973 - 1977.

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Lamb: The Gospel According to ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Christopher Moore Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is the sixth novel by absurdist author Christopher Moore, published in 2002. In this work the author seeks to fill in the ...more

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Mr. Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Paul Auster Mr. Vertigo is a novel written by the American author Paul Auster. Faber & Faber first published it in 1994 in Great Britain. The book fits well in Auster’s bibliography, which has ...more

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Options is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Robert Sheckley Options is a 1975 absurdist science fiction novel by Robert Sheckley, published in paperback by Pyramid Books. The first British edition appeared in 1977, and a French translation was published ...more

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Pink is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Gus Van Sant Pink is a novel written by film maker Gus Van Sant. It was published in 1997 on the Nan Talese imprint of Doubleday.

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Practical Demonkeeping is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Christopher Moore Practical Demonkeeping, published in 1992, is Christopher Moore's first novel. It deals with a demon from Hell and his master. The novel has been translated and published in German, Italian, ...more

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, often referred to as just Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival ...more

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Still Life with Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Tom Robbins Still Life With Woodpecker is the third novel by Tom Robbins, concerning the love affair between an environmentalist princess and an outlaw. The novel encompasses a broad range of topics, from ...more

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The Austere Academy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Austere Academy is the fifth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was set to be released in paperback under the name The Austere Academy: ...more

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The Bad Beginning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Bad Beginning is the first novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was later released in paperback under the name The Bad Beginning; or, ...more

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The Carnivorous Carnival is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Carnivorous Carnival is the ninth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Death of Bunny Munro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Nick Cave The Death of Bunny Munro is the second novel written by Nick Cave, best known as the lead singer of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in

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The End is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The End is the thirteenth and final novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book was released on Friday, October 13, 2006.

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The Ersatz Elevator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The Baudelaires are sent to live with the wealthy Esmé and Jerome

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The Grim Grotto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Grim Grotto is the eleventh novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Hostile Hospital is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Hostile Hospital is the eighth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities ...more

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The Miserable Mill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Miserable Mill is the fourth novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was to be released in paperback under the name The Miserable Mill; or, ...more

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The Penultimate Peril is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Penultimate Peril is the twelfth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Plague is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Albert Camus The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of Algerian city of Oran swept by a plague. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the ...more

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The Reptile Room is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Reptile Room is the second novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was later released in paperback under the title The Reptile Room; or, ...more

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The Slippery Slope is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Slippery Slope is the tenth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Albert Camus L'étranger is a novel written by Albert Camus.

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The Stupidest Angel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Christopher Moore The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror is the eighth novel by Christopher Moore. Set during Christmas, it brings together several favored characters from his previous books ...more

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Franz Kafka The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, ...more

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The Vile Village is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Vile Village is the seventh novel in the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, which consists of 13 children's novels that follow the turbulent lives of ...more

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The Wide Window is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Wide Window is the third in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was later released in paperback under the name The Wide Window; or, ...more

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Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Absurdist Fiction Books and Novels
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot's absence, as ...more