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Lolita (2 vols )
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good+ to Near Fine. True first issue of both volumes with the price of 900 Francs printed on the back of each cover and no overstamp or other price change. Volume one is in Very Good+ condition with a bit of wear along the front spine fold and sunning to the spine. Volume two is Near Fine with just trivial wear. This controversial novel is frequently on the list of top books from the past century. Originally published in France because American publishers were wary of publishing such "obscene" material, Lolita tangles sexual taboo and violence with incredibly seductive prose. "Shocking is the reaction the author somehow manages to elicit from his readers: empathy. Readers always read, I think, out of a tremendous curiosity about other human beings, we're looking for another soul on the page, and that's what Nabokov has so fearlessly, so complexly, so gorgeously given us. In a lesser writer's hands, we could easily dismiss Mr. Humbert as a monster, but Nabokov denies us that all-too comfortable option. Even if we would never condone his vain and deadly infatuation, we understand it. We're complicit in his sins, and our complicity is seductive and terrifying" (Johnston). Very Good+ to Near Fine.
      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2018-02-27           Check availability:      Biblio    

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