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La variante di Lüneburg review ↠ 3 â A man is found shot in his garden in a village not far from Vienna Unable to be defined as either a suicide or a homicide the death is called one of mysterious circumstances The garden unlike the prominent citizen's life is highly unusual a concentric maze of ten foot high hedges leading to a chessboard shD the novel's chilling first sentence They say that chess was born in bloodshed bears this out In this first novel Paolo Maurensig coolly executes the ultimate drama of manipulation life as a game of chess On this armature he hangs a tale of vengeance set against a backdrop of historic villainy Nazi against Jew The two chess players are as black and white as can be a persecuted Jew and a ruthless persecuting Ger. On a Sunday morning the body of Dieter Frisch 68 was found dead the result of a pistol shot fired at very close range the bullet piercing the palate and exiting through the occipital lobe The corpse was found at the center of concentric maze of ten foot high hedges in a chess board shaped clearing paved with suares of white and black marble A person of some social stature when he was alive the lifeless Frisch must have appeared like a fallen chess pieceThe only clue to this curious death was found on his desk an odd chess set light and dark patches of coarse cloth sewn together with buttons of different sizes representing the pieces in a complicated middle game positionPost mortem in medical term is the examination of the corpse to determine the cause of death In chess it refers to the analysis of a game to determine the important turning points the mistakes or blunders and possible improvements to the play In science the dead does not come back to life to relive his life in a flash for the benefit of the examiner In chess the whole game may be recreated ad infinitum and the same moves may be reproduced before a novelty presumably an improvement over what was previously played is made over the boardPaolo Maurensig conducts the post mortem in The Luneburg Variation as he retraces the variations prior to Frisch's death The result is a whodunnit like no other existential metaphysical mysterious intriguing gripping This book demands from its readers attention and respect

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Man who first duel over a chessboard in an international tournament and then in a concentration camp The narrative is a meticulous reconstruction of the moments and background events that led to Frisch's death Ingeniously referring everything back to the machinations and executions of movements in a chess game life itself is at stake as the inescapable sins of the past catch up with the chess obsessed characters. I was a chess champion at Primary School and have never played since When I was teaching in Malawi I agreed with my student Patricia who wrote in her notebook 'Life is too short for playing chess' I'm sure she wasn't the first person to say that either Despite these biases against the game I started reading The Luneburg Variation with high anticipation of a great book and I wasn't disappointedThe novel centres round the mysterious death of a chess player in Vienna It's difficult to talk about the plot without giving away a lot of the enjoyment of this short novel Throughout the novel chess is used as a metaphor for life and the choices we make and the choices made by others that we are caught up in The novel also explores the effect that chess can have on life when it becomes a consuming passion I love the way that every detail counts and is used to full effect In an early scene we are shown some photos in the chess player's home which at that time are immediately seen to be significant but they reappear later in the story where their full significance is revealed Details like this are used throughout the novel to slowly reveal about the chess player his life and the times he lived throughThis is a taut and compelling thriller which contains much substance than many long novels It is particularly impressive when you realise this was Maurensig's first novel he has since written several which I now really want to read I also have to say that it is beautifully translated from the original Italian I've read many translations from Italian that feel uite clunky but this one flows beautifully for the most part

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La variante di LüneburgA man is found shot in his garden in a village not far from Vienna Unable to be defined as either a suicide or a homicide the death is called one of mysterious circumstances The garden unlike the prominent citizen's life is highly unusual a concentric maze of ten foot high hedges leading to a chessboard shaped clearing paved with suares of white and black marble Frisch the murdered man was obsessed with chess an. A masterpiece I came across this book by chance and I'm so glad I did Maurensig's debut is otherworldly The complex story reads like a game of chess Each movement on the board has conseuences sometimes understood only long after the move has been made A masterfully woven story about chess human nature and obsession