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The Two Lolitas
 
 
Author
Michael Maar.
Publisher Verso  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9781844670383
Pages/Publication Date 107/2005
Daedalus Item Code 32061
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Does this sound like a familiar story? A narrator, a cultivated man of middle age, looks back on a disastrously misguided love affair. It starts when, traveling abroad, he takes a room as a lodger. The moment he meets the daughter of the house, he is enthralled by her preteen charms. Heedless of her age, he becomes intimate with her. In the end she dies, and the narratorómarked by her foreveróremains alone. The name of the girl supplies the title of the story: Lolita. But the author was Heinz von Eschwege, whose Lolita appeared in 1916 under the pseudonym Heinz von Lichberg, 40 years before Vladimir Nabokov's novel took the world by storm. Von Lichberg later became a prominent journalist in the Nazi era, and his youthful work faded from view. In The Two Lolitas, leading German literary critic Michael Maar uncovers a remarkable series of parallels between the two works and their authors. Did Nabokov know 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, unacknowledged memory? Maar's extraordinary literary detective story casts new light on the making of one of the 20th century's most influential works.
 
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