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  1. It depends on what you mean by this term. If you are not specific about religious existentialism or, God forbid, Heidegger's existential analysis, then everything is simple.

    Read French prose. In general, existentialism can hardly be called a strict philosophical system, rather it is a worldview prism that can be found even in philosophical essays, even on the stage of the theater. All sorts of Camus, Sartre and their prose works (including plays) give a fairly complete picture of all this. Sartre's “Nausea” and Camus's “Plague” combine good fiction with useful thoughts.�

    If you want something more abstract, you can read The Myth of Sisyphus. Although Camus was not a philosopher, there he briefly goes through all the existentialists from Kierkegaard to Heidegger. The absurdity of faith, the question of suicide, the metaphysics of freedom and so on, it's all there. You can also pay attention to Sartre's “Existentialism is humanism”.�

    If you want something of our own, then read Dostoevsky. “Devils”, “The Brothers Karamazov” – this is all that inspired the French to their tearful essays and novels. From the Soviet period, I recommend Platonov's “Pit”. A very heavy piece, but just what you need.

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