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  • Published: 13 June 2001
  • ISBN: 9780141185989
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.99

The Luzhin Defense




Nabokov's early novel about a chess-playing genius, reissuing in Modern Classics as part of the Nabokov relaunch

Vladimir Nabokov's early novel is the dazzling story of the coarse, strange yet oddly endearing chess-playing genius Luzhin. Discovering his prodigious gift in boyhood and 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'.

  • Published: 13 June 2001
  • ISBN: 9780141185989
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.99

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