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Lolita [First Edition in Russian] by  Vladimir Nabokov - First Russian Edition - 1967 - from Royoung bookseller, Inc. and Biblio.com

Lolita [First Edition in Russian]

by Nabokov, Vladimir

Condition: Orig. pink boards. Fine in fine dust wrapper housed in clear mylar wrapper


New York: Phaedra, 1967. First Russian Edition. Hardcover. Orig. pink boards. Fine in fine dust wrapper housed in clear mylar wrapper. 304 pages. 21 x 14 cm. The translation was the only one prepared by Nabokov himself and includes a postscript that appears only in this edition. The literary sensation of Lolita The publication of Lolita -- in which the author invented the word "nymphet"-- in New York in 1958 was an international sensation. It transformed its author from destitute émigré to international celebrity. The author had worked tirelessly on the manuscript for more than five years between 1948 and 1953, keeping the subject matter (the immigrant Humbert Humbert's unnatural love for the all American girl child Lolita) a closely guarded secret to anyone other than his wife and his then friend, the critic Edmund Wilson. Nabokov lost heart and came close to destroying the manuscript: on several occasions if not for his wife Vera who rescued his work from the incinerator. JULIAR A28.7b. A mint copy in unclipped dust wrapper.

Lolita is widely regarded as one of the greatest books of the 20th Century.  The cultural influence of Lolita cannot be understated, and numerous editions have been printed since 1955. The book has been made into movies, plays, and has sparked countless conversations about relationships and the nature of obsession. Even the covers of the later editions have sparked controversy, as they feature potentially suggestive depictions of the famous "nymphet". Unsurprisingly, Lolita is often at the top of banned books lists in high schools. - - Read more: Identifying first editions of Lolita [First Edition in Russian]


  • Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc. US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 22117
  • Title: Lolita [First Edition in Russian]
  • Author: Nabokov, Vladimir
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Orig. pink boards. Fine in fine dust wrapper housed in clear mylar wrapper
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Russian Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Phaedra
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1967


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On Aug 26 2014, said:
  "Vladimir Nabokov's postmodern masterpiece about a man's obsession with a young girl is nothing short of remarkable. Not only does Nabokov situate the story within the context of Cold War America, but he has the ability to make the reader sympathise with an otherwise immoral character. Through Nabokov's lyrical, poetic and deceptive writing, the story becomes at once comical and poignant. Underneath all the amusing and colourful metaphors and allusions to American popular culture is a deeply affecting story about obsession, innocence and unrequited love. As with Jack Kerouac's On The Road, the theme of 'the journey' is strongly emphasised throughout, as the lead character descends deeper into madness as he and his step-daughter travel around America. A cult classic and must-read, Lolita is the work of genius."

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