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Lolita (1955)

av Vladimir Nabokov

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En medelålders man tar med sin tolvåriga styvdotter på en resa genom USA. Han utnyttjar henne sexuellt. Boken utkom 1955, översattes till svenska 1957. Nyöversättning av Aris Fioretos.
  1. 51
    Memories of My Melancholy Whores av Gabriel Garcia Marquez (heidialice, browner56)
    heidialice: Possibly too obvious of a recommendation? Very different takes on this central theme....
    browner56: Two different views of obsession masquerading as love; both books are so well written that you almost forget the sordid nature of the theme they share.
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    Älskaren av Marguerite Duras (roby72)
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    En man med många talanger av Patricia Highsmith (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Another villain made sympathetic by a talented author.
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    The Basic Eight av Daniel Handler (zembla)
    zembla: Handler is a confessed 'Nabokov freak,' as he said when I saw him at a reading two years ago. He absorbs the influence beautifully.
  5. 20
    På spaning efter den tid som flytt. 5, Den fångna av Marcel Proust (caflores)
  6. 21
    Odjuret med två ryggar av Emily Maguire (infiniteletters)
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    Den svarte prinsen av Iris Murdoch (Queenofcups)
    Queenofcups: I heard many echoes of Lolita in reading The Black Prince. Anyone else find this to be the case?
  8. 10
    The Pornographer of Vienna av Lewis Crofts (heidijane)
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    His Monkey Wife av John Collier (SnootyBaronet)
    SnootyBaronet: Euphuistic narratives of forbidden love
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    The Death of David Debrizzi av Paul Micou (KayCliff)
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    Den vita tigern av Aravind Adiga (mcenroeucsb)
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    Älskaren från norra Kina av Marguerite Duras (edwinbcn)
    edwinbcn: Another story of a man with a passion for a young girl.
  13. 01
    Eve av James Hadley Chase (caflores)
  14. 01
    Sanningen om fallet Harry Quebert : roman av Joël Dicker (suniru)
  15. 01
    Djävulen i kroppen av Raymond Radiguet (SnootyBaronet)
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    Porträtt av konstnären som ung av James Joyce (kara.shamy)
  17. 02
    Känslan av ett slut av Julian Barnes (kara.shamy)
  18. 03
    Osynlig man av Ralph Ellison (kara.shamy)
  19. 04
    Hamlet av William Shakespeare (kara.shamy)
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    Belinda av Anne Rice (rcc)
    rcc: IF you're "shocked" by Nabokov's Lolita, you surely should read Belinda. It takes off where Lolita ends. What I mean to say is that Anne Rice showed herself to be much more adpet - and daring - at writing about this "taboo" concerning the sexual adventures of a very young girl. Also, Belinda is so much more her "own woman" than Lolita.… (mer)

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First Nabokov book I have read - his writing is a joy to read.
The subject matter did make me queasy - the obsession with young girls. But overall, the book is amazing. ( )
1 rösta carolfoisset | Sep 26, 2020 |
I read this years ago and liked it. I was surprised that I was able to find the humor, understand Humbert Hubert's desire, and see Dolores Haze (aka Lolita) as something other than a victim.

Recently, though, I read Reading Lolita in Tehran.. The author of that book had a very different view of Lolita. Repeatedly she referred to the horrors Lolita was suffering and even compared her life to that of women living in Iran in the 1990s in some ways. I wondered if I would have a different opinion of the book after all these years.

But I didn't really want to dig into the large book again. Instead, I sought a good recording, which I found in this edition. Jeremy Irons probably represents Humbert Humbert as well as any actor could. He also played the part in a film made of the book (I did not see that).

Irons brings a distinct personality to the character. A self-absorbed yet not thoughtless man, a man who has had desires for young girls, certain types of young girls, all his adult life. Yet until he met Lolita, he did not act on those desires. Certainly he had fantasies, and he found various substitutes in adult women, never entirely satisfactory. Even with Lolita, when he finally has a chance to have his way with her he tries to drug her so that she will not remember any of it.

But ultimately it is Lolita who seduces Humbert. H realizes that this is an adolescent crush on an attractive older man, but he gives in. His resolve to keep her ignorant of his desire melts.

Young girls of Dolores's age and type have an active fantasy life. Lolita had idolized H. She was almost starstruck. H gradually loses his inhibitions, enjoying Dolores in various locations and in various ways. We may recall times in our own lives when we felt an intimacy with a teacher, yet somehow we know - perhaps not then but later - that acting on these fantasies brings little joy.

And so it went for Lolita. H indulged his whims while she went along, usually gaining something in return. She quickly learned that she had bargaining power, and she used it.

Such a state cannot last indefinitely. And such a relationship cannot transform into a normal adult relationship. On his side, H has a predilection for young things, and he watches with a kind of fear as Dolores gradually changes. On her part, even though she initiated the sexual activity, Dolores can hardly be entirely unharmed by it. It is meaningless to speak of consent when referring to a twelve-year-old, however intelligent or passionate. She has to hide what she is doing from her close friends, and cannot ever again be the free and easy adolescent.

So I had to agree, in part, with Nafisi's assessment, that Lolita had little choice and that she was harmed by the relationship. H, however, is not as much the beast as many other pedophiles are. Yes, he does on occasion make excuses for his behavior by comparing it to that of some primitive tribes or different western cultures. But he's not blind to what he's doing. He knows he is a "monster" and at times wrestles with the knowledge. Not enough to stop willingly, however. To me, perhaps the most mitigating factor is that H. continues to love Lolita and want her even when she is well past his idea of prime.

I liked Humbert less this time around. I understood him, I think, still. I let Jeremy Irons' interpretation color my thinking, possibly awakening in me some aspects of the character that I may not have even seen the first time around. I couldn't like him, and thus I did not enjoy the book as much as I did the first time. I didn't exactly love Lolita either. So it is on the strength of the story and the excellent writing that I plowed on through, anxious for resolution.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I read this years ago and liked it. I was surprised that I was able to find the humor, understand Humbert Hubert's desire, and see Dolores Haze (aka Lolita) as something other than a victim.

Recently, though, I read Reading Lolita in Tehran.. The author of that book had a very different view of Lolita. Repeatedly she referred to the horrors Lolita was suffering and even compared her life to that of women living in Iran in the 1990s in some ways. I wondered if I would have a different opinion of the book after all these years.

But I didn't really want to dig into the large book again. Instead, I sought a good recording, which I found in this edition. Jeremy Irons probably represents Humbert Humbert as well as any actor could. He also played the part in a film made of the book (I did not see that).

Irons brings a distinct personality to the character. A self-absorbed yet not thoughtless man, a man who has had desires for young girls, certain types of young girls, all his adult life. Yet until he met Lolita, he did not act on those desires. Certainly he had fantasies, and he found various substitutes in adult women, never entirely satisfactory. Even with Lolita, when he finally has a chance to have his way with her he tries to drug her so that she will not remember any of it.

But ultimately it is Lolita who seduces Humbert. H realizes that this is an adolescent crush on an attractive older man, but he gives in. His resolve to keep her ignorant of his desire melts.

Young girls of Dolores's age and type have an active fantasy life. Lolita had idolized H. She was almost starstruck. H gradually loses his inhibitions, enjoying Dolores in various locations and in various ways. We may recall times in our own lives when we felt an intimacy with a teacher, yet somehow we know - perhaps not then but later - that acting on these fantasies brings little joy.

And so it went for Lolita. H indulged his whims while she went along, usually gaining something in return. She quickly learned that she had bargaining power, and she used it.

Such a state cannot last indefinitely. And such a relationship cannot transform into a normal adult relationship. On his side, H has a predilection for young things, and he watches with a kind of fear as Dolores gradually changes. On her part, even though she initiated the sexual activity, Dolores can hardly be entirely unharmed by it. It is meaningless to speak of consent when referring to a twelve-year-old, however intelligent or passionate. She has to hide what she is doing from her close friends, and cannot ever again be the free and easy adolescent.

So I had to agree, in part, with Nafisi's assessment, that Lolita had little choice and that she was harmed by the relationship. H, however, is not as much the beast as many other pedophiles are. Yes, he does on occasion make excuses for his behavior by comparing it to that of some primitive tribes or different western cultures. But he's not blind to what he's doing. He knows he is a "monster" and at times wrestles with the knowledge. Not enough to stop willingly, however. To me, perhaps the most mitigating factor is that H. continues to love Lolita and want her even when she is well past his idea of prime.

I liked Humbert less this time around. I understood him, I think, still. I let Jeremy Irons' interpretation color my thinking, possibly awakening in me some aspects of the character that I may not have even seen the first time around. I couldn't like him, and thus I did not enjoy the book as much as I did the first time. I didn't exactly love Lolita either. So it is on the strength of the story and the excellent writing that I plowed on through, anxious for resolution.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Una exhibición deslumbrante de talento y humor ( )
  hernanvillamil | Sep 7, 2020 |
Novela de Vladimir Nabokov en la que se basó el film de Stanley Kubrick ( )
  hernanvillamil | Sep 7, 2020 |
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Haven’t we been conditioned to feel that Lolita is sui generis, a black sheep, a bit of tasteful, indeed ‘beautiful’ erotica, and that Nabokov himself, with this particular novel, somehow got ‘carried away’? Great writers, however, never get carried away. Even pretty average writers never get carried away. People who write one novel and then go back to journalism or accountancy (‘Louder, bitch!’) – they get carried away. Lolita is more austere than rapturous, as all writing is; and I have come to see it, with increasing awe, as exactly the kind of novel that its predecessors are pointing towards...

At one point, comparing himself to Joyce, Nabokov said: ‘my English is patball to [his] champion game’. At another, he tabulated the rambling rumbles of Don Quixote as a tennis match (the Don taking it in four hard sets). And we all remember Lolita on the court, her form ‘excellent to superb’, according to her schoolmistress, but her grace ‘so sterile’, according to Humbert, ‘that she could not even win from panting me and my old fashioned lifting drive’. Now, although of course Joyce and Nabokov never met in competition, it seems to me that Nabokov was the more ‘complete’ player. Joyce appeared to be cruising about on all surfaces at once, and maddeningly indulged his trick shots on high-pressure points – his drop smash, his sidespun half-volley lob. Nabokov just went out there and did the business, all litheness, power and touch. Losing early in the French (say), Joyce would be off playing exhibitions in Casablanca with various arthritic legends, and working on his inside-out between-the-legs forehand dink; whereas Nabokov and his entourage would quit the rusty dust of Roland Garros for somewhere like Hull or Nailsea, to prepare for Wimbledon on our spurned and sodden grass.
tillagd av SnootyBaronet | ändraThe Atlantic, Martin Amis
 
The development of this emigre’s euphuism is a likely consequence of Nabokov’s having had to abandon his natural idiom, as he puts it, his ‘untrammelled, rich and infinitely docile Russian tongue for a second-rate brand of English, devoid of any of those apparatuses —the baffling mirror, the black velvet backdrop, the implied associations and traditions—which the native illusionist, fractails flying, can magically use to transcend the heritage in his own way.’ This, which enacts the problem with characteristic tricksy indirection, also implies its solution as the laborious confection of equivalent apparatuses in the adoptive language: the whole farrago of imagery, archaism, etc., which cannot strike even the most finely tuned foreign ear as it strikes that of the native English-speaker. The end product sadly invokes a Charles Atlas muscle-man of language as opposed to the healthy and useful adult...

There comes a point where the atrophy of moral sense, evident throughout this book, finally leads to dullness, fatuity and unreality. Humbert’s ‘love’ for Lolita is a matter of the senses, even of the membranes; his moments of remorse are few, brief and unconvincing; it never really occurs to him to ask himself just what the hell he thinks he is up to. There is plenty of self-absorption around us, heaven knows, but not enough on this scale to be worth writing about at length, just as the mad are much less interesting than the sane.
tillagd av SnootyBaronet | ändraThe Spectator, Kingsley Amis
 
Brilliantly written ... a disquietingly sombre exposure of a pervert's mind, and finally dreadfully moral in its almost melodramatic summing up pf the wages of this particular sin.
tillagd av Sylak | ändraDaily Mail, Kenneth Allsop
 
Massive, unflagging, moral, exqusitely shaped, enormously vital, enormously funny - Lolita iscertain of a permanent place on the very highest shelf of the world's didactic literature.
tillagd av Sylak | ändraThe Spectator, Bernard Levin
 
A scarifying indictment of the kind of perversion with which it deals.
tillagd av Sylak | ändraSunday Dispatch, Lord Boothby
 

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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palette to tap, at three, on the teeth.
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Lolita, mitt livs lys, mine lenders flamme. Min synd, min sjel. Lo-li-ta: tungespissen tripper tre trinn nedover ganen for til slutt på det tredje å tromme mot fortennene. Lo. Li. Ta.
Hun var Lo, rett og slett Lo om morgenen når hun stod der 1,54 på sokkelesten. Hun var Lola i slacks, hun var Dolly på skolen. Hun var Dolores når hun signerte på den prikkete linjen. Men i mine armer var hun alltid Lolita.
Noen fortalt meg senere at hun hadde vært forelsket i far og at han tankeløst hadde benyttet seg av det en dag tilværelsen var riktig grå og hadde glemt det igjen da solen atter begynte å skinne.
Nå satt jeg og tenkte på om Valechka (som obersten kalte henne) egentlig var verdt skyting, kvelning eller drukning. Hun hadde svært ømfintlige ben, så jeg bestemte meg til å nøye meg med å klype henne kraftig når vi ble alene.
Fra forfatterens etterord: Om de fant det pornografisk eller ikke, interesserer meg ikke. Når de ikke ville anta boken, skyldtes det ikke min behandling av emnet, men emnet selv; for det er minst tre emner som er absolutt tabu hva flertallet av amerikanske forleggere angår. De to andre er: et neger-hvit-ekteskap som er en fullstendig og strålende suksess med tallrike barn og barnebarn, samt den absolutte ateist som lever et lykkelig og nyttig liv og sover seg inn i døden hunde og seks år gammel.
He did not use a fountain pen which fact, as any psycho-analyst will tell you, meant that the patient was a repressed undinist.
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En medelålders man tar med sin tolvåriga styvdotter på en resa genom USA. Han utnyttjar henne sexuellt. Boken utkom 1955, översattes till svenska 1957. Nyöversättning av Aris Fioretos.

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