Lolita Synopsis

'You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style'. Humbert Humbert, a European intellectual adrift in America, is a middle-aged college professor. Haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love, he falls outrageously (and illegally) in lust with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Dolores Haze. Obsessed, he'll do anything, will commit any crime, to possess his Lolita. But once Lolita belongs to Humbert, once he has got what he wants, what next? And what of Lolita? How long is she willing to be possessed?

Lolita Press Reviews

'You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent' -- Martin Amis Observer

 

'Nabokov's command of words, his joy in them, his comic and ecstatic use of them, wrapped around his particular vision of life, is the Nabokivan finishing touch which makes reading his work such an intense joy' Daily Telegraph

 

'Lolita is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ... a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes' Time

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ISBN: 9780241953242
Publication date: 25/08/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241953242
Publication date: 25th August 2011
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Vladimir Nabokov

Considered to be one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg in 1899. After living in Europe and studying at Cambridge University, he moved to the United States in 1940, where he pursued a brilliant literary career. He died in 1977 in Switzerland.

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