When Christophe Tison was a boy he suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of a man decades older than him. Racked by guilt and ensnared by lies, he suffered in silence — without his parents knowing — until finally he acquired the force to stand up to his abuser and break free.

Today Tison, a respected French television journalist and headline-grabbing writer, wants to use his experience to rehabilitate one of the best-known and — in his view — most unjustly treated fictional characters of the 20th century: Lolita.

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