The Defense by Vladimir Nabokov [1964 FIRST PAPERBACK PRINTING]
The Defense "aka The Luzhin Defense" by Vladimir Nabokov
FIRST U.S. PAPERBACK PRINTING  POPULAR LIBRARY
Very nice reading copy. Cover shows wear and creasing. Binding is tight and pages are clean and read nicely.
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 Luzhin, a distracted, withdrawn boy, takes up chess as a refuge from everyday life.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 the heights of grandmaster, the game of chess gradually supplants the world of reality as he moves inexorably towards madness.