Luzhin Defense (Penguin Modern Classics)

Luzhin Defense (Penguin Modern Classics)

Vladimir Nabokov


Vladimir Nabokov's early novel is the astonishing tale of the coarse, unusual but oddly endearing chess-playing genius Luzhin. learning his prodigious present in boyhood and emerging to the rank of overseas Grandmaster, Luzhin develops a lyrical ardour for chess that renders the true international a phantom. As he confronts the fiery, swift-swooping Italian Grandmaster Turati, he brings into play his conscientiously devised defence. Making masterly play of metaphor and imagery, "The Luzhin Defense" is the publication that, of his early works, Nabokov felt 'contains and diffuses the best warmth'.

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