What are the best absurdist fiction books?

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    #1The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 


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    Ma Shi
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I found the story for this book too far out there for it to resonate with me, even for fiction. The story was not only strange, it was tough to read. I found it too confusing to follow along with. "
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Hugo Navarro
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love anything that has to do with different topics that aren't likely to happen. 1984 is a great book by George Orwell about people who live under the government and are always watched. It's a really good dystopian book and I couldn't put it down. "
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Ann Jordan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is a great absurdist fiction books"
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    #4Breakfast of Champions

    Breakfast of Champions
    Breakfast of Champions is a novel by the acclaimed author, Kurt Vonnegut. It tells the story of Dwayne Hoover, whose mental illness lead him to believe Kilgore Trout's science fiction writings to be the truth.

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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "meets topic but not over absurd"
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    #5Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Jonathan Bishop
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is such a great classic novel. It's a commentary on life that applies the same way today that it did when it was written. A very powerful story that everyone should read."
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Henry Hernandez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was an interesting book. I have not read an absurdist style book before, and this first one gave me positive impressions on the genre. It's a different and funny take. I will be looking more into books that are like this one. "
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    #7Good Omens

    Good Omens

    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Printed in 1990, it's about how the world prepares for the birth of the Son of Satan and the prophesied apocalypse.


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    Christine Rodriguez
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are two of the best writers around in my opinion, and I love this book! Laugh out loud funny. It is totally irreverent, but that is part of its charm. This is a light, entertaining book that you cannot take seriously. Just enjoy the read!"
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Gregory Peters
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I think one of my favorite absurdist fiction books is Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse. It has a mix of a couple different things and talks about the hypocrisy of that time period. It's a really good read and I would recommend it. "
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    #9The Complete Stories

    The Complete Stories

    With the exception of his three novels The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, The Complete Stories includes all of Franz Kafka's literary work, even those published posthumously.


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    Andrea Burke
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "There are short stories by Franz Kafka included in this book entitled "The Complete Stories". Easy to read and short. Really a unique look at the world through the author's eyes. It really does fit the bill of absurdist fiction. I read through it in one afternoon as it really held my attention."
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    #10The Twelve Chairs

    The Twelve Chairs
    The Twelve Chairs is a classic novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. Set in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, it tells the story of Ostap Bender as he and Kisa Vorobyaninov go on a quest to find a chair with hidden jewels.

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    Russell Robinson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "An amusing satire of post-revolutionary Russia, this weird little adventure kept me turning the pages all day long. A wonderful piece of Russian literature that is well worth the effort and would make a wonderful choice for local book reading circles. "
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    #11The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Jacob Contreras
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Now this is a decent read that I thought would be more interesting. I couldn't quite grip the story and thought it wasn't told well. Not too bad, but I'd prefer more adventure. "
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    #12Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.


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    #13Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

    Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy
    Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy is a Humor filled Asian Literature Fiction written by Pawan Mishra. It was published November 4, 2014 by Lune Sparks LLC.

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    #14Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a classic fiction written by Tom Stoppard and edited by Henry Popkin. This tragic fiction was originally published in 1966.


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    Andrea Burke
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While it is a good example of absurdist fiction, I don't know that I would rank Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead among the best. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller would be higher up in my opinion when it comes to the best in absurdist fiction. "
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    #15The Castle

    The Castle

    The Castle is a classic 20th-century piece for young adults written by huge literary icon Franz Kafka. It was originally published in 1926, two years after the author's death. This version has the translation of Mark Harman.


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    Tyler Delgado
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This certainly was an interesting book. In a style I don't commonly read, you've got to be very focused and alert when reading or you will simply miss important details of scenarios being played out and points of the book entirely. Its a good book if you are into this genre, but i wouldn't call it a "must read"."
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    #16Still Life with Woodpecker

    Still Life with Woodpecker

    Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins is an absurdist fiction and romance novel originally published in October 1980 by the Bantam Books. This book was the third novel ever written by Robbins.


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    Bruce McDonald
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book features a good amount of reviews but at only 4 out of 5 stars would likely not be considered to be among the best compared to its peers. It is a quite specific topic though and it's also possible that there might not be many of these books out there so being above average might worth more than first appearances."


Best What are the best absurdist fiction books
1The MetamorphosisBooks 29 Paid
21984Books 25 Paid
3Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 24 Paid
4Breakfast of ChampionsBooks 22 Paid
5Animal FarmBooks 21 Paid
6CandideBooks 20 Paid
7Good OmensBooks 19 Paid
8SteppenwolfBooks 17 Paid
9The Complete StoriesBooks 16 Paid
10The Twelve ChairsBooks 15 Paid

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