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The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels 

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Updated October 13, 2018 3.6k votes 626 voters 28.9k views 52 items

List Rules 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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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus
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The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Joseph Heller
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The ultimate hitchhiker'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka
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Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut
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The Brothers Karamazov ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
LeSartriste added Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Hunter S. Thompson
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The Myth of Sisyphus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus
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The Plague is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus
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Rosencrantz & Guilde... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
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Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Ralph Ellison
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A Confederacy of Dunces ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
John Kennedy Toole
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Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Eugène Ionesco
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Nausea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Jean-Paul Sartre
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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus
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Still Life with Woodpeck... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Patrick Süskind
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Lamb: The Gospel Accordi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Haruki Murakami
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The Man Who Was Thursday... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added G. K. Chesterton