RESCUING LOLITA

A soon-to-be-released collection of newly designed book covers restores the reputation of teenage heroine Lolita.

Run a Google image search on “Lolita”. Up comes pages and pages of teasing, pouting teens. “The term ‘Lolita’ has come to popularly mean something quite the opposite of the novel’s namesake,” says blogger John Bertram.

“We are talking about a novel which has child rape at its core.”

In 2009 he ran a competition asking designers to re-work the cover. The series is now being turned into a book. Bertram sees the collection as a correction of past interpretations.

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