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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 worse.
The breakout book from a celebrated literary writer: a thriller set in St. Petersburg in 1914 amid 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.

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Hardback Editions

October 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Zugzwang: A Novel
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 1-59691-253-7 / 978-1-59691-253-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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September 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 0-7475-8711-6 / 978-0-7475-8711-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Zugzwang: A Novel
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 1-59691-254-5 / 978-1-59691-254-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 0-7475-8939-9 / 978-0-7475-8939-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 0-7475-8729-9 / 978-0-7475-8729-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 0-7475-8731-0 / 978-0-7475-8731-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

November 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 1-4159-3577-7 / 978-1-4159-3577-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 2007 : USA Audio CD

Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
ISBN: 0-7393-4209-6 / 978-0-7393-4209-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


2007 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Zugzwang (Audiobook)
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ISBN: 1-4074-1132-2 / 978-1-4074-1132-3 (UK edition)
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Zugzwang
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Zugzwang: A Novel
Author(s): Ronan Bennett
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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