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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.

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241305164

    September 18, 2017

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    96 pages

    RRP $12.99

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Also by Stefan Zweig

Impatience Of The Heart
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