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8 cassettes / 12 hours
Read by Jeremy Irons
Exhilarating, both appallingly funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Vladimir Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, a twentieth century classic whose characters' names have become synonymous with the outrages and degradations of obsessive passion. When the aging emigre Humbert Humbert falls in love with the precocious nymphet Dolores Haze, all the rules -- of desire, decency, and literature -- are broken. Lolita has the power to shock, challenge, and enrapture anyone who listens to this masterful performance by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons.
Even if you're not a fan of audio - I urge you to listen to this recording. Engrossing, enraging, titillating, disturbing, fascinating -- Jeremy Irons oozes with all things right in literature. The boundaries have been pushed.
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"The only convincing love story of our century." —Vanity Fair
"Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind. For Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farce...Lolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy." —Atlantic Monthly
"Intensely lyrical and wildly funny." —Time
"The conjunction of a sense of humor with a sense of horror [results in] satire of a very special kind, in which vice or folly is regarded not so much with scorn as with profound dismay and a measure of tragic sympathy...The reciprocal flow of irony gives to both the characters and their surroundings the peculiar intensity of significance that attends the highest art." —The New Yorker
"Lolita is an authentic work of art which compels our immediate response and serious reflection–a revealing and indispensable comedy of horrors." —San Francisco Chronicle
From the Hardcover edition.
One of the twentieth century's master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Stanford, Wellesley, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.
Jeremy Irons plays the role of Humbert Humbert in the latest film version of Lolita. He has also starred in such films as Stealing Beauty, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Reversal of Fortune, for which he won an Academy Award. He won a Tony Award for his role in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, and his performance in Brideshead Revisited was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Descrizione libro Random House Audio, 1997. Audio Cassette. Condizione: New. Never used!. Codice articolo P110679457860
Descrizione libro Random House Audio, 1997. Audio Cassette. Condizione: New. Brand New!. Codice articolo VIB0679457860