Novels 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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161 30
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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152 31
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

3
156 37
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka

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130 31
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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129 38
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Joseph Heller

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102 26
The Trial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka

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113 32
Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

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98 24
The ultimate hitchhiker's guid... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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92 24
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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77 21
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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63 13
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
LeSartriste added Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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65 23
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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60 20
The Myth of Sisyphus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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63 23
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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60 21
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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47 12
Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Ralph Ellison

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34 13
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

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39 18
Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Eugène Ionesco

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46 25
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Jean-Paul Sartre

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37 21
Lamb: The Gospel According to ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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35 20
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Patrick Süskind

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38 23
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
John Kennedy Toole

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41 26
Still Life with Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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20 11
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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26 17
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Haruki Murakami