The Real Lolita

The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World
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Product Number: DD40301
Released: Sep 11, 2018
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ISBN: #9781982555634
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A??The Real Lolita is a tour de force of literary detective work. Not only does it shed new light on the terrifying true saga that influenced NabokovA??s masterpiece, it restores the forgotten victim to our consciousness.A? A??David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon Vladimir NabokovA??s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner. Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally HornerA??s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita. Sally HornerA??s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novelA??s creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

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Author(s): Sarah Weinman
Narrator(s): Cassandra Campbell
Product Number Z100137045
Released: Sep 11, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062661951
Author(s): Sarah Weinman
Product Number EB00720142
Released: Sep 11, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: #9780062661944

Professional reviews

"Who was Sally Horner? And to what extent did Vladimir Nabokov base his famous novel LOLITA directly on Sally's tragic story? These are the questions that Sarah Weinman explores through intense research and excellent writing. Narrator Cassandra Campbell's experience with narrating both fiction and nonfiction is put to good use as she conveys the factual details uncovered by Weinman's research and interviews. The reimagined story of Sally Horner's life is presented in a Truman Capote style of re-creating the emotions and potential motivations of the real-life characters. Listeners may find themselves intrigued by Horner's story. But if they're not interested in Nabokov and LOLITA, they may question Weinman's obsessive inquiry. E.Q. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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