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... show more
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.
Publish date: December 9th 2005
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 84
Edition language: English
WOW! what a book this was! Absolutely brilliant! It Cannot be anything less than 5 stars for sure. Chess is always been an intriguing game but only if you have good company to play with otherwise it can be very boring. But this book was just mind-blowing and you really don't have to know chess to re...
Gerek akıcılığı, gerek yaratıcılığı noktalarında en başarılı uzun öykülerden birisidir bence. Ancak satranç bilmeyen birisi biraz yorucu bulabilir.
bookshelves: published-1942, winter-20102011, translation, play-dramatisation, wwii Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura Read from December 18 to 20, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** The Viennese writer Stefan Zweig, most famous for Beware of Pity, wrote the original Schachnovelle or Chess Novel in 1942. ...
A quick read and one that is riveting from the get-go. Zweig can certainly relate a good story. His tone, always for me, is one as if a very close and trusted friend is sitting in a chair in front of me and letting me into something important I may not have known or heard of lately. Quite a talent. ...
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this!