Chess Story

Chess Story

Book - 2006
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Chess Story , also known as The Royal Game , is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig's final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological.

Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them and their fortunes change. How he came to possess his extraordinary grasp of the game of chess and at what cost lie at the heart of Zweig's story.

This new translation of Chess Story brings out the work's unusual mixture of high suspense and poignant reflection.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2006
ISBN: 9781590171691
Branch Call Number: F ZWE
Additional Contributors: Rotenberg, Joel


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Jan 29, 2015

"For, as it is well known, nothing on earth puts more pressure on the human mind than nothing."
I first heard of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig because Wes Anderson cited him as an inspiration for his most recent film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and Zweig, like Ralph Fiennes elegant hotel manager, is something of a symbol of the sophisticated, liberal Europe that the Nazis were trying to wipe out. After the Nazis came to power, he and his wife fled to London, then New York, and finally Brazil, where they both committed suicide. Knowing these facts makes his work all the more poignant. This slim, yet dense, novella was his final work.


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