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  • Published: 18 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241305164
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

Chess: PMC


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Stefan Zweig's classic novella of obsession, madness and chess.

The more a man restricts himself the closer he is, conversely, to infinity'

On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires in 1941, a group of eager passengers challenge the world chess champion to a match. He accepts. He will beat anyone, he says. At first, the challenger crumbles before the mind of the master. But then, a soft-spoken voice from the crowd begins to whisper nervous suggestions. Perfect moves, brilliant predictions. The speaker has not played a game for more than twenty years, he says. He is wholly unknown. But somehow, he is also entirely formidable.

Stefan Zweig's acclaimed novella Chess is a disturbing, intensely dramatic depiction of the cost of obsession, set in a world of Mitteleuropean civilization traumatised by tyranny.

  • Pub date: 18 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241305164
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

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Praise for Chess: PMC

“Zweig is one of the masters of the short story and novella, and by 'one of the masters' I mean that he's up there with Maupassant, Chekhov, James, Poe, or indeed anyone you care to name”

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

“His greatest achievement in short form”

The Times


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