Most people think of Nabokov when they hear the word Lolita but Sarah Weinman’s brand new book The Real Lolita is a very different take on the case.
Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’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.
This book is a must read for me. First of all this is case that first and foremost shocked the world so as true crime subject it’s facinating. Adding Nabokov’s classic novel Lolita into the mix and we have a very interesting novel on our hands. I am only an hour into the book and it’s hard to put down (or hard to take your headphones off). The Real Lolita is very interesting both from a true crime and literary perspective. Sarah Weinman’s The Real Lolita is narrated by Cassandra Campbell who does a great job with it.
Now go and get it! Available on audible here.