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    The Defense, or Luzhin Defense

    For those who read it, does it have anything with Luzhin from Crime and Punishment or it is just a coincidence?
    At thunder and tempest, At the world's coldheartedness,
    During times of heavy loss And when you're sad
    The greatest art on earth Is to seem uncomplicatedly gay.

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    just what sort of character is dostoevsky's luzhin?

    luzhin, nabokov's chess player, is a morose, reticent, physically unappealing character whose name is a play on illusion, luzhin, illusion, a reference to his mental acuity on the chessboard.
    If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.
    --Shakespeare

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    Egocentric jerk.
    Thank you!
    At thunder and tempest, At the world's coldheartedness,
    During times of heavy loss And when you're sad
    The greatest art on earth Is to seem uncomplicatedly gay.

    To get things clear, they have to firstly be very unclear. But if you get them too quickly, you probably got them wrong.
    If you need me urgent, send me a PM

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    well, someone's forgotten to take his medication.
    If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.
    --Shakespeare

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    Not you, Luzhin from C&P
    At thunder and tempest, At the world's coldheartedness,
    During times of heavy loss And when you're sad
    The greatest art on earth Is to seem uncomplicatedly gay.

    To get things clear, they have to firstly be very unclear. But if you get them too quickly, you probably got them wrong.
    If you need me urgent, send me a PM

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    Nabokov does make a constant habit of mocking 'Dusty' (Dostoevskii) in his works-I don't know about 'The Defense' as I have not read it (yet!), but 'Despair' is a classic example of him mocking Dusty, using Dusty's penchant for banal sensitive murderers against him in the case of Hermann Hermann, he also refers to C&P as 'Crime and Pun' when imagining his crime against other literary murderers

    'Humbert Humbert' is another anti-Dosoevskii character, he keeps a diary for example, ala the Underground Man, and his 'count on a murderer for a fancy prose style' is kind of ironic in relation to 'Crime and Punishment' since, in original Russian, the prose style is supposed to be poor
    The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.-Vladimir Nabokov

    human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars-Flaubert

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