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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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The book that taught me that language, correctly used, can evoke any sensation, create any emotion. Perfect voodoo on the page.

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

'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?


'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

About the Author

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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Publication date

25th August 2011


Vladimir Nabokov

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Penguin Books Ltd


368 pages


Literary Fiction
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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)



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