Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran became a surprise hit in 2003, and the paperback edition has spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s a book club favorite that is itself about a sort of book club: a group of women in mid-’90s Iran who met to discuss forbidden books, including Nabokov’s novel.
Now publishers want to capitalize on the formula. Just as the celebration of the original Lolita‘s 50th anniversary gets underway, the following releases were spotted in the spring catalogs of 10 imprints. Which ones will you read?
Reading Pale Fire in Waukegan
Reading King, Queen, Knave in Suburban Denver
Reading Invitation to a Beheading in Oslo
Reading Look at the Harlequins! in Beautiful Boca Raton
Reading The Real Life of Sebastian Knight in Guadalajara
Reading The Defense in Irvine
Reading Transparent Things in Ottawa
Reading The Nabokov-Wilson Letters off New South Wales
Reading Speak, Memory Just Outside Albany
Reading Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse, Vol. II, Commentary and Index in Dar es Salaam
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 6, 2005