Reading Scene from The Luzhin Defense

“Luzhin senior, the Luzhin who wrote books, often thought of how his son would turn out. Through his books (and they all, except for a forgotten novel called Fumes, were written for boys, youths and high school students and came in sturdy colorful covers) there constantly flitted the image of a fair-haired lad, ‘headstrong,’ ‘brooding,’ who later turned into a violinist or a painter, without losing his moral beauty in the process” (Nabokov 25).

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