Unsettlingly brilliant Lolita book cover goes viral on Reddit

Lolita book cover
(Image credit: Penguin)

Reddit's r/DesignPorn channel can be a hit-and-miss when it comes to actuality design. But every now and again something truly impressive takes the subreddit by storm, like this uncomfortable yet ingenious book cover.

Nabokov's subversive classic Lolita is famous for its controversially sexualised content. It's unclear whether the unreliable narrator Humbert Humbert, with his troubling obsession with twelve-year-old Lolita, is poet or pervert – and that duality is perfectly captured by the cover of the 2009 edition, designed by Jamie Keenan. 

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Daniel John
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Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.