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- DescriptionDoes it ring a bell? The first-person narrator, a cultivated man of middle age, looks back on the story of an amour fou. It all starts when, travelling abroad, he takes a room as a lodger. The moment he sees the daughter of the house, he is lost. She is a pre-teen, whose charms instantly enslave him. Heedless of her age, he becomes intimate with her. In the end she dies, and the narrator ...marked by her forever ...remains alone. The name of the girl supplies the title of the story: Lolita. We kw the girl and her story, and we kw the title. But the author was Heinz von Eschwege, whose tale of Lolita appeared in 1916 under the pseudonym Heinz von Lichberg, forty years before Nabokov's celebrated vel took the world by storm. Von Lichberg later became a prominent journalist in the Nazi era, and his youthful work faded from view. The Two Lolitas uncovers a remarkable series of parallels between the two works and their authors. Did Vladimir Nabokov, author of an imperishable Lolita who remained in Berlin until 1937, kw of von Lichberg's tale? And if so, did he adopt it consciously, or was this a classic case of cryptoamnesia, with the earlier tale existing for Nabokov as a hidden, unackwledged memory? In this extraordinary literary detective story, Michael Maar casts new light on the making of one of the most influential works of the twentieth century.
- Author BiographyMichael Maar is a member of the Deutsche Akademie fur Sprache und Dichtung and a visiting professor at Stanford University. His previous publications include Bluebeard's Chamber: Guilt and Confession in Thomas Mann, also from Verso.
- Author(s)Michael Maar
- PublisherVerso Books
- Date of Publication24/10/2005
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVerso Books
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight259 g
- Width140 mm
- Height191 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Translated byPerry Anderson
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