The Luzhin Defense: A Lyrical Passion for Chess

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Nabokov said of his chess-playing genius Luzhin, that despite his coarseness and grubby plainness, he is a lovable creation.

Discovering his prodigious gift in boyhood, rising to the rank of international Grandmaster, Luzhin develops a lyrical passion for chess that renders the real world a phantom. As he confronts the fiery, swift-swooping Italian Grandmaster, Turati, he brings into play his carefully-devised defence. 

Making masterly play of metaphor and imagery, The Luzhin Defense is the book that, of his early works, Nabokov felt 'contains and diffuses the greatest warmth'.
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Edition : Paperback
Publication date : August 14, 2009
Number of pages : 266
Publisher : Penguin Group
Weight : 202 gram
ISBN : 9780141185989
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