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.
list ordered by

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156 28
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

2
148 30
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

3
154 33
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka

4
125 30
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

5
99 23
The Trial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Franz Kafka

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111 30
Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Samuel Beckett

7
125 38
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Joseph Heller

8
93 23
The ultimate hitchhiker's guid... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

9
91 23
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

10
61 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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75 20
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

12
65 21
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Hunter S. Thompson

13
60 19
The Myth of Sisyphus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

14
63 22
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

15
58 20
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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45 12
Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Ralph Ellison

17
33 12
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Albert Camus

18
39 17
Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Eugène Ionesco

19
46 24
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Jean-Paul Sartre

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

21
38 22
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
John Kennedy Toole

22
41 25
Still Life with Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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34 19
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Patrick Süskind

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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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21 12
A Dirty Job is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels
Christopher Moore