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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Stefan Zweig; Joel Rotenberg
|Description:||xiv, 84 pages ; 20 cm.|
|Series Title:||New York Review Books classics.|
|Responsibility:||Stefan Zweig ; translated from the German by Joel Rotenberg ; introduction by Peter Gay.|
"In 1938, Nazism forced Zweig into exile. Chess Story, sometimes known as The Royal Game, was the last thing he wrote before he and his wife committed suicide. This novella is a final effort to take the human measure of the inhuman. On a great ocean liner, the world champion of chess confronts a lawyer with a surprising talent for the game in a tense contest of wit and will. How the lawyer acquired his skill and at what terrible cost are the substance of a story, in which, at the same time, quietly but unmistakably, the death knell of the Enlightenment is sounded."--Jacket.