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The Luzhin Defense

The Luzhin Defense

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Written by Vladimir NabokovAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: August 11, 1990
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-72722-4 (0-679-72722-1)
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Nabokov's third novel, The Defense, is the story of Luzhin, a young outcast boy who takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. Luzhin's imminent rise to the rank of grandmaster creates havoc in his real one as the solace of his prodigious talent and the game he manipulates supplants the world of reality. Both his facades collapse during a crucial championship match, when the intricate defense he has devised withers under his opponent's unexpected and unpredictable lines of assault.