Stefan Zweig

Chess Story

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"Chess Story," also known as "The Royal Game," is Stefan Zweig's compelling novella that unfolds on a passenger steamer. It narrates the psychological duel between Mirko Czentovic, a chess champion with a mysterious past, and Dr. B, a reclusive genius. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the story explores themes of isolation, obsession, and the struggle for intellectual sanity.
As the chess game intensifies, so do the inner battles of the characters, revealing the profound impact of mental stress and obsession. Zweig's sharp and immersive prose draws readers into a world where a simple game reflects the complex nature of the human psyche. "Chess Story" is a testament to the enduring power of the mind and the game that challenges it, making it a riveting read that's both intellectually and emotionally charged.
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