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Chess: A Novel

Chess: A Novel

On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer. He will beat anyone, he says. But only if the stakes are high. Soon, the chess board is surrounded. At first, the challenger crumbles before the mi... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241305164
Barcode 9780241305164
Published 18 September 2017 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Language English (translated from: German)
Author(s) By Zweig, Stefan
Series Penguin Modern Classics
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ISBN-13 9780241305164
ISBN-10 0241305160
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Date 18 September 2017
International Publication Date 1 June 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Language English
Translated from German
Author(s) By Zweig, Stefan
Series Penguin Modern Classics
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 96
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 6mm
Weight 80g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 833.912
Catalogue Code 979579

Description of this Book

On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer. He will beat anyone, he says. But only if the stakes are high. Soon, the chess board is surrounded. 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...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A brilliant writer New York Times One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories -- Edmund de Waal Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna The Wall Street Journal 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 -- Nick Lezard Guardian A new favourite writer of mine -- Wes Anderson Perhaps the best chess story ever written, perhaps the best about any game -- Economist His great achievement in short form The Times

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Author's Bio

Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna to a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. Recognition as a writer came early for Zweig; by the age of forty, he had already won literary fame. In 1934, with Nazism entrenched, Zweig left Austria for England, and became a British citizen in 1940. In 1941 he and his second wife went to Brazil, where they committed suicide. Zweig's best-known works of fiction are Beware of Pity (1939) and The Royal Game (1944), but his most outstanding accomplishments were his many biographies, which were based on psychological interpretation.

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