Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York, and in 1959 in London. It is critized and censored book. It owes it’s success to the scandal that led to his publication.
The story of this novel set the scene a pedophile called Humbert Humbert aged of 40 years attracted by a « nymphet » called Dolores Lolita and aged of 12 years. We read his confession, written from his prison cell in which he awaits trial for murder.
Humbert Humbert, professor of literature live in the house of Charlotte Haze -widow- to write and continue to read in peace. A complicity is born between the young girl of 12 years and him. Charlotte, the mother of the girl is jealous of their rapprochement because she’s in love with the professor so she decides to expel her daughter by sending in a holiday camp.
The pedophile will marry Charlotte to be closer to Dolores. His wife will one day read his diary in which he reveals his sexual attraction to girls aged to 9 and 12 years and more precisely on his daughter. Charlotte ran away but in her flight she accidentally hit by a car, killing her. His wife died, Humbert Humbert becomes the legual gardian of Lolita. He will recover in the camps and traveling through America. The nymphet becomes the mistress of his stepfather.
Lolita fled with another man and Humbert wanders looking for them for 3 years, repeating the path backwards in order to find clues from this man. At the end of the novel, Lolita wrote, he joined, and including he still loves although it is no longer a nymphet, decides he must see her again. He snatches the man’s name with whom she fled -Clare Quilty-, will kill him, then dies of a heart attack in prison before his trial.
Lolita is a confused and murky book shared between two contradictory wills. But we can wonder if is a work apart, which arouses discomfort as much as fascination, inconvenient as it seduces. Why, indeed, the reader can not help, page after page, to enjoy a story he should hate yet ?