Lolita

Lolita

Paperback Penguin Modern Classics

By (author) Vladimir Nabokov, Foreword by John Ray, Afterword by Craig Raine

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 20mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141182539
  • ISBN 13: 9780141182537
  • Sales rank: 2,218

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Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, who he'll do anything to possess. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these?

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Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg in 1899, but he left Russia when the Bolsheviks seized power. His family moved to England for a brief spell and finally settled in Berlin. His first novel in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, published in 1941. His other books include Ada, Laughter in the Dark, Details of a Sunset and Lolita, his best-known novel. Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland in 1977.

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The subject matter, of a middle-aged man desiring a young girl, a nymphet of 12 at the beginning of their affair, was so outrageous that the sheer delicacy and also the wit of the writing was hardly commented on. Lolita was not, in fact, about sex - it was about love and it was about erotic emotion, not any kind of pornography. Humbert is one of the most self-aware narrators in contemporary fiction, and mocks, and derides, and lashes himself with wonderful energy. He sees himself as others see him and is merciless in attacking what he is doing to Lolita, quite clear-eyed about what she is doing to herself. None of Nabokov's other work has the vitality and beauty of this extraordinary novel. (Kirkus UK)