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TEN FACTS ABOUT… LOLITA

Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov. Listed in the top 100 best sex novels in history. It’s the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged predator and literature teacher who becomes sexually attracted to Dolores Haze, “Lolita”, a 12-year-old girl, who ends up becoming his stepdaughter.

  1. “Lolita” was labeled as pornographic novel. The first edition was banned in France and England. Moreover, for years it was part of the “forbidden libraries” of many other countries.
  2. The novel deals with Ephebophilia, a sexual fantasy that describes the erotic prefer-ence for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners. It also addresses issues such as morality, psychopathy, love, and perversion.
  3. Nabokov tried to publish it under a pseudonym because he knew it would be very controversial, but it was rejected by several publishers. Finally, it was accepted by an erotic publishing house in France, Olympia Press.
  4. It was inspired by a true story: the kidnapping of a girl named Sally Horner, 11 years old, in 1948. The kidnapping was perpetrated by a pedophile, Frank La Salle.
  5. Lolita has become the definition of a “seductive and provocative adolescent”.
  6. The first film version was made by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, starring Sue Lyon and James Mason. The first script was 400 pages long, which would make it a 7-hour film.
  7. The second version was directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, and Melanie Griffith.
  8. It is included in many lists of books, such as Time‘s List of the 100 Best Novels, Le Monde‘s 100 Books of the Century, Bokklubben World Library, and Modern Li-brary’s 100 Best Novels
  9. “Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century” (2021) was recently published by the daughter of Lolita!s original publisher in America. Six decades after, 26 writers (18 women and 8 men) analyze the novel from the perspective of feminist movements such as #MeToo
  10. Christina Baker Kline, one of the writers of “Lolita in the Afterlife”, describes Nabokov’s novel as “a kind of instruction

Author: JORGE GARCÍA NEGRETE

Psicotherapist

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