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The defense : a novel

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Michael Scammell
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990.
Series: Vintage International (Series)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage International edView all editions and formats
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As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen--an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates. He takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. His talent is prodigious and he rises to the rank of grandmaster--but at a cost: in Luzhin' s obsessive mind, the game of chess gradually supplants the world of reality. His own world falls apart during a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
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Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.
Defense.
New York : Vintage Books, 1990
(OCoLC)619593559
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Michael Scammell
ISBN: 0679727221 9780679727224
OCLC Number: 21231988
Notes: Translation of: Zashchita Luzhina.
"Originally published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1964."
"This work appeared originally in The New yorker."
Description: 256 ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Vintage International (Series)
Other Titles: Zashchita Luzhina.
Responsibility: by Vladimir Nabokov ; translated by Michael Scammell in collaboration with the author.
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As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen--an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates. He takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. His talent is prodigious and he rises to the rank of grandmaster--but at a cost: in Luzhin' s obsessive mind, the game of chess gradually supplants the world of reality. His own world falls apart during a crucial championship match, when the intricate defense he has devised withers under his opponent's unexpected and unpredictabke lines of assault.

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