Vintage

9781984898838

STARRED REVIEW

Lolita in the Afterlife

Is Lolita a work of genius or unrepentant smut? A madman’s confession or justification for pedophilia? These essays wholly reassess this work’s legacy.

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Review of ‘Lolita in the Afterlife’

Vladimir Nobokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and most maligned novels ever written. Is it a work of literary genius or unrepentant smut? A madman’s confession or a justification for pedophilia? A sendup of American provincialism or a shocking depiction of the dark human soul? It could—and has—been argued that it is all…

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