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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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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Stranger Albert Camus

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Trial Franz Kafka

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The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
LeSartriste added The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The ultimate hitchhiker's guid... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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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

The Best Novels Written by Famous Actors

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Plague is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Plague Albert Camus

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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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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Fall Albert Camus

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Lamb: The Gospel According to ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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Still Life with Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

The Lamest Authors of All Time

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The Man Who Was Thursday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton

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Nausea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Perfume Patrick Süskind

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Malone Dies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Malone Dies Samuel Beckett

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

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A Dirty Job is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
A Dirty Job Christopher Moore

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One of Our Thursdays Is Missin... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

The Greatest American Novels

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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon

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The Unnamable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Unnamable Samuel Beckett

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

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

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John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mac McLaughlin added John Dies at the End David Wong

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Invitation to a Beheading is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
aaron-atwater added Invitation to a Beheading Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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

The Best Female Characters in Literature

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The Austere Academy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Austere Academy Daniel Handler

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The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Birthday Party Harold Pinter

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The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Third Policeman Brian O'Nolan

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The Green Snake and the Beauti... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Broom of the System is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Broom of the System David Foster Wallace

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The Tenant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
RissePj added The Tenant Roland Topor

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The Twelve Chairs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
The Twelve Chairs Yevgeny Petrov, Ilya Ilf

The Best Russian Novels

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Absurdistan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Absurdistan Gary Shteyngart

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Tales of Sex & Suburban Lu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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The Tartar Steppe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Tartar Steppe Dino Buzzati

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Malpertuis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Malpertuis Jean Ray

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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Ne... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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Héliogabale, ou, L'anarchiste ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Héliogabale, ou, L'anarchiste couronné Antonin Artaud

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Light is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Light M. John Harrison

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Oothangbart, a Subversive Fabl... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Rebecca LLoyd added Oothangbart, a Subversive Fable for Adults and Bears by Rebecca Lloyd. Pillar International Publishing Isbn 978-1-911303-02-2