Stefan Zweig's acclaimed novella Chess is a disturbing, intensely dramatic depiction of obsession and the price of genius. One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories.
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Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna. 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.
Perhaps the best chess story ever written, perhaps the best about any game. Stefan Zweig was born in 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 , with Nazism entrenched, Zweig left Austria for England, and became a British citizen in In he and his second wife went to Brazil, where they committed suicide. Zweig's best-known works of fiction are Beware of Pity and The Royal Game , but his most outstanding accomplishments were his many biographies, which were based on psychological interpretation.
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