A Game of Chess and Other Stories

A Game of Chess and Other Stories When it is discovered that the reigning world chess champion Mirko Czentovic is on board a cruiser heading for Buenos Aires a fellow passenger challenges him to a game Czentovic easily defeats him

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  • Title: A Game of Chess and Other Stories
  • Author: Stefan Zweig Peter James Bowman
  • ISBN: 9781847495815
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • When it is discovered that the reigning world chess champion, Mirko Czentovic, is on board a cruiser heading for Buenos Aires, a fellow passenger challenges him to a game Czentovic easily defeats him, but during the rematch a mysterious Austrian, Dr B intervenes and, to the surprise of everyone, helps the underdog obtain a draw When, the next day, Dr B confides in a cWhen it is discovered that the reigning world chess champion, Mirko Czentovic, is on board a cruiser heading for Buenos Aires, a fellow passenger challenges him to a game Czentovic easily defeats him, but during the rematch a mysterious Austrian, Dr B intervenes and, to the surprise of everyone, helps the underdog obtain a draw When, the next day, Dr B confides in a compatriot travelling on the same ship and decides to reveal the harrowing secret behind his formidable chess knowledge, a chilling tale of imprisonment and psychological torment unfolds Stefan Zweig s last and most famous story, A Game of Chess was written in exile in Brazil and explores its author s anxieties about the situation in Europe following the rise of the Nazi regime The tale is presented here in a brand new translation, along with three of the master storyteller s most acclaimed novellas Twenty four Hours in the Life of a Woman, The Invisible Collection and Incident on Lake Geneva.

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    1. “But are we not guilty of belittling chess by calling it a game at all? For surely it is also a science and an art, poised between these categories like Muhammad's coffin between heaven and earth, a unique fusion of all opposing pairs: ancient yet eternally new, mechanical in its arrangement yet requiring imagination in its effect, limited to a fixed geometric space yet limitless its permutations, forever evolving yet sterile, a thought process without purpose, a mathematics that solves nothin [...]

    2. Alma Books are amongst my favourite “purveyors of literary classics”. Their “Alma Classics” imprint publishes paperbacks which are affordable and yet have an attractive layout and design. More importantly, the catalogue ventures beyond well-trodden paths to include lesser-known works (including several vintage supernatural titles) as well as great European and “world fiction”, often presented in new translations. One recent publication, for instance, is this volume of four short stor [...]

    3. I have never read anything written by Zweig He is an engrossing writer. These stories are beautifully written and extremely precise. They are just as relevant today as when they were written in the 1930s.

    4. I think I first heard of Stefan Zweig through a comment made by Peter Hall in his book ‘Cities in Civilization‘, in which Hall talks about Vienna and its culture and architecture and mentions Stefan Zweig’s thoughts on Viennese culture at the beginning of the 20th century. I still can’t believe that I remember that, but happily I do. Later, I read one of Zweig’s short stories in an anthology. I then got his book ‘The World of Yesterday‘ and read the first fifty pages and loved it [...]

    5. "Personally I take more satisfaction in understanding people than in passing judgement on them", says the narrator in one of the short stories in the collection. This is essence of the four short stories that make up the collection. Stefan Zweig presents the reader with interesting slices of life, each of them balanced precariously on the needle tip of moral compass. There is beauty in this deft balance. The stories are stripped off any flamboyancy, and the author never seeks pity or sympathy fo [...]

    6. A delightful collection of short stories that provide fascinating insight into the workings of the mind under the spell of irrationality & mania.Strongly recommended.

    7. This collection of stories demonstrates Stefan Zweig’s mastery of the art of short story-telling, a skill which, in my experience, few authors’ possess. It starts with The Invisible Collection, a very short tale about an old man, a life-long collector of extremely valuable copper engravings. Although now blind, he loves nothing more than frequently to “inspect” his collection, apparently unconcerned that hyper-inflation in Germany has plunged his family into desperate poverty. When an ar [...]

    8. Zweig's stories start in a world where Gatsby would feel right at home and then go dark and heart wrenching, even more so since the situations and characters are so believably built. I also enjoyed the clear, matter-of-fact writing.

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