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    Sarah Bakewell – At the Existentialist Cafe. One of the most popular books on philosophy in recent years.

    In Russian, Sartre's article “Existentialism is humanism” can be read, it is quite introductory.

  2. In general, I'm not a big expert on existentialism, but since you've already asked me this question – “The Myth of Sisyphus”, Camus. For me, a personally important book, which at one time significantly influenced my worldview and the fact that I am alive in general.

  3. If you don't know anything about philosophy, you won't understand anything about existentialism. Although many existentialists have expressed their ideas through seemingly simple forms (essays, fiction), existentialism itself is a rather complex system. To begin with, this is a French adaptation of German phenomenology. Even people with a professional education do not always understand the essence of phenomenology, and without sufficient training it is impossible at all. You should not be tempted to start with something late and relatively fashionable (although existentialism has long gone out of fashion). You need to start with the basics.

  4. “Boredom” by Alberto Moravia. It is not a difficult book to understand, especially if you just want to get acquainted with existentialism in literature. At one time, she made me look at life and death in a different way.

  5. If you are not interested in philosophy, you should not read, for example, Kierkegaard. You'll only make me sad… Read Albert Camus ' The Myth of Sisyphus or something like Sartre. Through the artistic word, such truths are better understood…

  6. Introduction to existentialism is best started with the book “Words” by Jean Paul Sartre. In it, Sartre describes his childhood and growing up in a fairly good non-boring art form. From the description of his thoughts and fantasies, a sufficient understanding is formed to understand the fundamental foundations of existentialism. Actually, when you get into the life story of the young Sartre, you also get into the ideas of existentialism. And if these ideas are close (or at least understandable), then you can move on to more complex works. For example, to the same “Nausea” or already take something from Kierkegaard.

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