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Editorial: Bloomsbury, London
Año de publicación: 2007
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: As New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New
Edición: First Edition
A true UK first edition / first printing, with the complete numberline 10987654321. An absolutely perfect copy of this intelligent novel about life, love and chess (the title refers to a chess position in which the player can make no winning move). By the acclaimed Irish author of 'The Catastrophist' and 'Havoc in its Third Year'. Not price-clipped. No inscriptions or marks. We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 000569
Sinopsis: Zugzwang: derived from the German, Zug (move) + Zwang (compulsion, obligation). In chess it is used to describe a position in which a player is reduced to a state of utter helplessness. He is obliged to move, but every move only makes his position even worse. St Petersburg, 1914: imposing and shabby, monumental and squalid, and - under its surface of frosty glamour - seething with plots and secret allegiances. On a blustery April day O.V. Gulko, a respected newspaper editor, is murdered in front of a shocked crowd. Five days later Dr Otto Spethmann, famous psychoanalyst, receives a visit from the police. There has been another murder in the city - and somehow he is implicated. He is mystified - and deeply worried, as much for his young, spirited daughter as for himself. He is preoccupied, too, by two new patients: Anna Petrovna, the society beauty plagued with nightmares with whom he is steadily and inappropriately falling in love, and troubled genius Rozental, the brilliant but mentally fragile chess master, due to play the most important competition of his life - the spectacular St Petersburg chess tournament - but on the verge of a complete breakdown. With the city rife with speculation and alarm, Spethmann broods over his own chessboard, its pieces frozen mid-battle, and contemplates the many forces - political, historical, sexual - that are holding him in their grasp
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