Luzhin Defense (Penguin Modern Classics)

Luzhin Defense (Penguin Modern Classics)

Vladimir Nabokov


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

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