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Author Maurensig, Paolo, 1943- author.

Title Theory of shadows / Paolo Maurensig ; translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    MAURENSIG,PAO    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description 179 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in Italian in 2015 by Adelphi Edizioni, Italy, as Teoria delle ombre"--Title page verso.
Novel inspired by the death of Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946), Russian chess player, naturalized French citizen.
Summary On the morning of March 24, 1946, the world chess champion Alexander Alekhine--"sadist of the chess world," renowned for his eccentric behavior as well as the ruthlessness of his playing style--was found dead in his hotel room in Estoril, Portugal. He was fully dressed and wearing an overcoat, slumped back in a chair, in front of a meal, a chessboard just out of reach. The doctor overseeing the autopsy certified that Alekhine died of asphyxiation due to a piece of meat stuck in his larynx and assured the world that there was absolutely no evidence of suicide or foul play. Some, of course, have commented that the photos of the corpse look suspiciously theatrical, as though staged. Others have wondered why Alekhine would have sat down to his dinner in a hot room while wearing a heavy overcoat. And what about all these rumors concerning Alekhine's activities during World War II? Did he really pen a series of articles on the inherent inferiority of Jewish chess players? Can he really be seen in photographs with high-ranking Nazi officials? And as for his own homeland, is it true that the Russians considered him a traitor, as well as a possible threat to the new generation of supposedly superior Soviet chess masters?
Subject Alekhine, Alexander, 1892-1946 -- Fiction.
Chess players -- Fiction.
Conspiracies -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Biographical fiction.
Added Author Appel, Anne Milano, translator.
Added Title Teoria delle ombre. English
ISBN 9780374273804 hardcover
0374273804 hardcover

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