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View Point: Lolita or pedophilia? The real law-breaking pornography

  • Julia Suryakusuma

Seminyak, Bali   /   Wed, November 19 2008   /  11:00 am

Remember the novel Lolita? It's a 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov about Humbert Humbert, a literary scholar, and his obsession with a 12 year-old "nymphet" (a sexually desirable young girl between age 9 and 14). Critics say that the book is famous for its innovative style and it has long enjoyed classic status. At the same time, however, the book is also infamous for it's controversial subject matter. Nabokov made the name "Lolita" synonymous with sexually-precocious young girls. But does that also mean that Lolita is a book about pedophilia? Yes, it does, but it is hardly an endorsement of the practice. In fact, the book dramatizes the tragic consequences of Humbert's obsession with the young girl. He's not proud of his relationship with Lolita and in fact, is filled with remorse. Once, listening to the sounds of children playing, he is guilt-stricken...