Vladimir Nabokov, Zashchita Luzhina [Luzhin's Defense / The Defense]

Emily Collins (University of Bristol)
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The Luzhin Defense


Zashchita Luzhina

] was written in 1929, when Nabokov was thirty. Initially published in three long instalments in the Paris-based émigré journal

Sovremennye zapiski


Contemporary Notes

] between October 1929 and April 1930,

The Luzhin Defense

was the first of Nabokov's novels whose quality, in Brian Boyd's words, “made it impossible to ignore him any longer” (

The Russian Years

, 342). Concurring with Nabokov's own sense of the novel as a breakthrough, Ivan Bunin, the most established writer of the emigration, commented: “This kid has snatched a gun and done away with the whole older generation, myself included” (quoted in Boyd,

The Russian Years

, 343). Despite these buoyant evaluations, the novel (first published in English translation as

The Defense

in 1964)…

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Citation: Collins, Emily. "Zashchita Luzhina". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8925, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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