Sunday, March 18, 2007

Book Review: Chess by Stefan Zweig

Book Review: Chess by Stefan Zweig

Chess is a novella written in 1943 by Stefan Zweig. It appears to have been newly translated in 2006, when it was published as a Penguin red Classic. It is a story revolving around some chess games that take place on a ship between a champion player and a group of duffers - a stranger appears and makes suggestions for moves that suggest he is a very accomplished player, yet he claims to have not sat in front of a chess board in 20 years. The heart of the story is a second tale - that of the stranger and his curious expertise in chess. This second tale involves the WWII, during which the protagonist was captured by the Gestapo...

Chess is an odd story, but compelling.


Candy Minx said...

Hey this sounds so would make a cool movie too I bet ona ship and all.

Anonymous said...

I think his book, UNGEDULD DES HERZENS was published here as "Beware the Pity". I'm doing the spring cleaning (dusting the books, takes several days) and found it yesterday. I'll check out "Chess" from the library, mostly because your book recommendations have been spot on for me.