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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Review: Moral Victories

Moral Victories is subtitled “The Story of Savielly Tartakower,” but it is important to note that the author makes it clear that this is what is termed as a historical novel. Generally, this refers to a book based upon a real person, place or event, but not entirely faithful to a strictly accurate historical account.

As David Lovejoy explains in his Preface, “This historical novel takes as its basis the life of chess grandmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower… I have incorporated into this work every biographical fact of which I am aware, but where there appears to be no data I have invented incidents and characters, and occasionally used real personages whom Tartakower could have met, but probably did not. The historical liberties I have taken are indicated in the notes at the end of the book.”

Read the rest of the review at the ChessCafe book review homepage, or see it at its permanently archived location here.



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