The Luzhin defense : a novel / by Vladimir Nabokov ; translated by Michael Scammell in collaboration with the author
Fiction | Vintage Books | 1990 | 1st Vintage International ed.
Available at Adult Fiction (Call number: FICTION NAB PBK)
New York : Vintage Books, 1990, c1964.
1st Vintage International ed.
256 ; 21 cm.
Translation of: Zashchita Luzhina.
"Originally published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1964."
As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen--an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates.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.