Chess Story

ISBN-10: 1590171691

ISBN-13: 9781590171691

Edition: 2005

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Chess Story, also known asThe 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 ofChess Storybrings out the work's unusual mixture of high suspense and poignant reflection.
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 12/9/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Born in Vienna, the prolific Zweig was a poet in his early years. In the 1920s, he achieved fame with the many biographies he wrote of famous people including Balzac, Dostoevsky, Dickens and Freud. Erasmus with whom he closely identified, was the subject of a longer biography. He also wrote the novellas Amok (1922) and The Royal Game (1944). As Nazism spread, Zweig, a Jew, fled to the United States and then to Brazil. He hoped to start a new life there, but the haunting memory of Nazism, still undefeated, proved too much for him. He died with his wife in a suicide pact.

Peter Gay lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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