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its an okay booki expected better
Maar has done some useful and suggestive literary detective work, in bringing to light a series of uncanny parallels between Nabokov's Lolita and a short story featuring a nymphet heroine of the same name by a now-obscure German writer of the teens, twenties and thirties.The problem here, beyond the endless series of conjectures, often formulated rhetorically (isn't iot likely that Nabokov, living in Berlin in those years, could have come across the story, etc), and Perry Anderson's indifferent
it was a slow day at work, so i read it. fantastic analysis. however, his french-isms were really annoying. in most cases, the english word would have been a superior choice. the book's a translation, right? translate.
Actual rating: 3.5/5 starsSooooo this was a suuuper interesting read, but it wasn’t exactly an easy read. It took me ages to get through because it was quite dense, but I was so fascinated by the concept of Lolita not being a completely original... would recommend for people who have read Lolita
Very interesting topic. Presupposes a bit of prior knowledge. But still very interesting and informative.
Quite interesting literary speculative investigation that uncovers something about the way Nabokov worked - taking details from an abominable short story and including them in his own novels and plays - only to mock the terrible writing of a virtually unknown German author, apparently. It's a good read, sometimes mind blowing, and as a bonus includes the two short stories that must have, in some way, inspired Nabokov: an "ur-Lolita", and another one that shares a lot with The Invention of Waltz....
Short and sweet, just how I like my literary biographies. Too much in the traditional essay structure to be a truly compelling read, but interesting enough subject to keep the reader engaged. Would have been improved if the author had been able to take a more definitive position - did Nabokov plagiarize? Didn't he? - but I guess this stance is one of the downsides of being predominantly a fiction reader - you expect too much in the way of conclusions.
Really interesting short book which traces the possibility that either consciouslyor subconsciously, Nabokov fashioned some incidents of his Masterpiece from a minorGerman writer short stories, who lived in Berlin at the same time he did. There is nothing more thansurmise to back this up, but interesting, non the less. If you are one who reads everything on Nabokov, this might be a satisfying read.
A (vaguely) interesting bit of literary detective work. I’ll be frank, I found it a somewhat dull. Your time would be better spent reading Nabokov himself, or even the ‘lost’ work of Heinz von Lichberg (the author of the ‘other’, less famous Lolita). Only for the completists.
Interesting, but the whole thing could have been done with a bullet point list. He was wordy and dry in order to make this into a book, and it still came out to a small book. Looks like he just wanted to charge $20 for something that could have been a magazine article.