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Defense, the (1930) [Novel]
by Vladimir Nabokov Rating: Weighted - 7.4 / Average - 7.3 of 10 (3 votes) (Rate!)
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Nabokov's third novel, The Defense, is a chilling story of obsession and madness. As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen--an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates.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 unpredictable lines of assault.

Original title: Защита лужина
Alternative titles: The Luzhin Defense
Original languages: Russian


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: The Defense

The Defense (1964)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Michael Scammell
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The Luzhin Defense (June 29, 2000)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0141185988
Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 0.7 in
Pages: 272

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The Defense (August 11, 1990)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 0679727221
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.6 in
Pages: 272

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