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Zugzwang Zugzwang A chess term used to describe a position in which a player is reduced to utter helplessless he is obliged to move, but every move serves to make his position even worseThe breakout book from a celebrated literary writer a thriller set in St Petersburg inamid an international chess tournament and a series of mysterious murders Ronan Bennett s new masterpiece of literary suspense unfolds in a city on the verge of revolution On a blustery April day, a respected St Petersburg newspaper editor is murdered in front of a shocked crowd Five days later, Dr Otto Spethmann, the celebrated psychoanalyst, receives a visit from the police There has been another murder in the city and somehow he is implicated The doctor is mystified and deeply worried, as much for his young, spirited daughter as for himself Meanwhile, he finds himself preoccupied by two new patients Anna Petrovna, a society beauty plagued with nightmares with whom he is inappropriately falling in love, and the troubled genius Rozental, a brilliant but fragile chess master on the verge of a complete breakdown As Dr Spethmann is drawn deeper into the murderous intrigue, he finds that he, his patients, and his daughter may all be pawns in a game larger in scope than anything he could have imagined Punctuated with board by board illustrations of a chess match that plays out through the book, Zugzwang is a masterfully written novel packed with cliffhangers, romance, unforgettable characters, and a plot that keeps readers guessing to the very end


About the Author: Ronan Bennett

Ronan Bennett is a novelist and screenwriter who was born and brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives in London His third novel, The Catastrophist, was nominated for the Whibread award in 1998 Havoc, in Its Third Year 2004 was listed for the Booker prize Havoc has been adapted into a motion picture to be released later in 2012 His latest novel is Zugzwang His television drama Top Boy will be broadcast by Channel 4 in November 2011.In addition to Havoc and Top Boy, Ronan has an excessive amount of work writing and creating for both television and the screen Long before Ronan ever thought of becoming a writer, he did a brief stint in prison for crimes perpetrated by the Irish Republican Army, crimes he was wrongly accused for.



10 thoughts on “Zugzwang

  1. says:

    I might have enjoyed thisif I had an inkling of Russian politics The situation isn t adequately described The main protagonists aren t identified other than by name It was almost impossible to figure out who was who and why things were happening And throw in the whole chess thing chess is beyond my scope of understanding so the boards and moves described in the book were pointless to me and I was totally clueless.The events didn t happen in sequence which is very confusing For insta I might have enjoye


  2. says:

    A fun thriller, even for those like me with no knowledge of Russian history The story concerns a psychotherapist in Tsarist Russia who becomes embroiled in plots of chess, conspiracy, murder, and, of course, steamy historical sex It s not quite a page turner, but it s very well written, and I learned a teensy bit about Russian history I didn t know Russia had such an extensive secret police system prior to Communism.Also, some fun words zugzwang n a position in chess where every move A fun thriller, even for


  3. says:

    While the plot is somewhat farfetched, the writing is interesting and the pacing is good The best part is the setting of Pre Revolutionary St Petersburg, meticulously rendered by the author whose research is evident and if not evident then minutely detailed at the end of the book The central character seems a bit naive for a psychoanalyst but perhaps he like his patients is out of contact with the real world until the events of the book begin to shatter his life.Bennett has also written the While the plot is somewha


  4. says:

    Politics Chess History Not even my thing And somehow I knew I d love this love the moment my eyes landed on this What a page turner Kept me curious until the very last page for real An amalgamation of all the interesting things this kid likes to read about mystery, psychology, murder, thrill and much .


  5. says:

    It feels mean to describe a book as competently diverting but I think that s all this one was really aspiring to.


  6. says:

    Surprisingly interesting The plot goes on at a rapid pace, and the psychologist s perspective is interesting I enjoyed thisthan I had expected.


  7. says:

    Zugzwang is a term used in chess to describe a position in which a player is reduced to a state of utter helplessness He is obliged to move, but every makes his position worse.This book is set in 1914 pre revolution St Petersburg where Dr Otto Spethmann is a prominent psychoanalyst and widower living a comfortable life with his daughter, Catherine Otto is apolitical but when a newspaper editor is murdered in broad daylight and an apparent car accident turns out to be a murder he is drawn int Zugzwang is a term used in chess to describe a posit


  8. says:

    zug zwang noun Chess a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect I will readily admit that after reading Nabokov s The Defense or the newer title, The Luzhin Defense , I am fascinated by chess novels, which almost categorically leads to a Russian novel With my predilection for Russian writers as well as the automatic intellectual bent of a novel using the game of chess as an allegory or metaphor, it was difficult for me for me to zug zwang noun Chess a situation in which a player is limited


  9. says:

    zug zwang noun Chess a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect I will readily admit that after reading Nabokov s The Defense or the newer title, The Luzhin Defense , I am fascinated by chess novels, which almost categorically leads to a Russian novel With my predilection for Russian writers as well as the automatic intellectual bent of a novel using the game of chess as an allegory or metaphor, it was difficult for me for me to zug zwang noun Chess a situation in which a player is limited to move


  10. says:

    A chess themed story set in 1914 featuring an attempt to assassinate the Tsar by a double of a famous chess player We have intrigue with Bolshevik and Polish revolutionaries involved Famous chess players from the St Petersburg tournament of 1914 also feature as do characteristics of real players placed into fictional characters.


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