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Read online The Luzhin Defense.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Luzhin Defense A chilling story of obsession and madness Luzhin a distracted withdrawn boy takes up chess as a refuge from everyday life As he rises to grandmaster the game of chess gradually supplants the world of reality as he moves inexorably towards madness by Vladimir Nabokov, Michael Scammell

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The Luzhin Defense
Title:The Luzhin Defense
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ISBN:0679727221
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Number of Pages:256
Category:fiction, russia, drama, classics
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Speak, Memory, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin, Pale Fire, The Luzhin Defense, Invitation to a Beheading, Laughter in the Dark, Lolita, Despair, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels b Lolita Pale Fire b and b Ada or Ardor b and so many others comes a magnificent collection of stories br Written between the s and s these sixty five tales eleven of which have been translated into English for the first time display all the shades of Nabokov s imagination They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur s samplings of the table of human folly Read as a whole b The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov b offers and intoxicating draft of the master s genius his devious wit and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy br br The wood sprite br Russian spoken here br Sounds br Wingstroke br Gods br A matter of chance br The seaport br Revenge br Beneficence br Details of a sunset br The thunderstorm br La veneziana br Bachmann br The dragon br Christmas br A letter that never reached Russia br The fight br The return of Chorb br A guide to Berlin br A nursery tale br Terror br Razor br The passenger br The doorbell br An affair of honor br The Christmas story br The potato elf br The aurelian br A dashing fellow br A bad day br The visit to the museum br A busy man br Terra incognita br The reunion br Lips to lips br Orache br Music br Perfection br The admiralty spire br The Leonardo br In memory of L I Shigaev br The circle br A Russian beauty br Breaking the news br Torpid smoke br Recruiting br A slice of life br Spring in Fialta br Cloud castle lake br Tyrants destroyed br Lik br Mademoiselle O br Vasiliy Shishkov br Ultima Thule br Solus Rex br The assistant producer br That in aleppo once br A forgotten poet br Time and ebb br Conversation piece br Signs and symbols br First love br Scenes from the life of a double monster br The Vane sisters br Lance, i An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found a href https www goodreads com book show invitation to a beheading rel nofollow here a i br br Like Kafka s The Castle Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world In an unnamed dream country the young man Cincinnatus C is condemned to death by beheading for gnostical turpitude an imaginary crime that defies definition Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail where he is visited by chimerical jailers an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner and by his in laws who lug their furniture with them into his cell, Speak memory said Vladimir Nabokov And immediately there came flooding back to him a host of enchanting recollections of his comfortable childhood and adolescence of his rich liberal minded father his beautiful mother an army of relations and family hangers on and of grand old houses in St Petersburg and the surrounding countryside in pre revolutionary Russia Young love butterflies tutors and a multitude of other themes thread together to weave an autobiography which is itself a work of art br br This Penguin Modern Classic edition contains an appendix Chapter sixteen a pseudo review written by Nabokov in but only now published for the first time in paperback br br br Speak Memory was first published in as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised and republished in under the title i Speak Memory an Autobiography Revisited i, Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday b Ada or Ardor b is one of Nabokov s greatest masterpieces the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist It tells a love story troubled by incest But more it is also at once a fairy tale epic philosophical treatise on the nature of time parody of the history of the novel and erotic catalogue b Ada or Ardor b is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat br br This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom