Fiction 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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147 27
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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147 28
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

3
145 33
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka

4
123 29
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

5
109 30
Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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123 38
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Joseph Heller

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94 23
The Trial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka

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91 22
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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91 22
The ultimate hitchhiker's guid... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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60 11
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
LeSartriste added Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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73 20
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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63 21
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Hunter S. Thompson

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58 19
The Myth of Sisyphus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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45 12
Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Ralph Ellison

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58 22
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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55 20
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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39 17
Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Eugène Ionesco

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45 23
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Jean-Paul Sartre

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30 12
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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37 20
Lamb: The Gospel According to ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

21
41 25
Still Life with Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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33 19
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Patrick Süskind

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36 22
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
John Kennedy Toole

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20 10
The Man Who Was Thursday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added G. K. Chesterton

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25 16
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Haruki Murakami

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20 12
A Dirty Job is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Christopher Moore

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21 14
Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Thomas Pynchon

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21 14
One of Our Thursdays Is Missin... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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15 8
Malone Dies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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13 8
The Unnamable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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11 8
Murphy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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10 7
Invitation to a Beheading is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
aaron-atwater added Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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10 7
John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mac McLaughlin added David Wong

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17 15
The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Brian O'Nolan

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10 8
Watt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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17 16
The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Harold Pinter

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10 9
Molloy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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12 12
The Twelve Chairs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Yevgeny Petrov, Ilya Ilf

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11 11
The Broom of the System is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
David Foster Wallace

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13 14
The Tenant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
RissePj added Roland Topor

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11 12
The Green Snake and the Beauti... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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10 11
The Austere Academy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Daniel Handler

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15 17
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Ne... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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12 14
Tales of Sex & Suburban Lu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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11 13
Absurdistan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Gary Shteyngart

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9 12
The Tartar Steppe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Dino Buzzati

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9 12
Malpertuis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Ray

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9 12
Héliogabale, ou, L'anarchiste ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Antonin Artaud

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7 10
Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
RissePj added Kenneth Cook

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9 13
Light is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
M. John Harrison