Author(s): Vladimir Nabokov
One of the major novels by Vladimir Nabokov, originally entitled "The Defense". The novel features a chess-playing genius Luzhin who discovers his gift in boyhood, rising to the rank of Grandmaster.
Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899 in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously, Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian emigre writers. He died in 1977.