On a cruise ship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He agrees, but only on one condition – that the stakes are suitably high. Soon, the chessboard is surrounded with onlookers – and one voice in the crowd will play a key role in the outcome of the match.

ISBN: 9780241305164 Author: Zweig, Stefan Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 1st June 2017 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 833.912 (edition:23) Pages: 50 Language: English Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

‘… a human being, an intellectual human being who constantly bends the entire force of his mind on the ridiculous task of forcing a wooden king into the corner of a wooden board, and does it without going mad!’

A group of passengers on a cruise ship challenge the world chess champion to a match. At first, they crumble, until they are helped by whispered advice from a stranger in the crowd – a man who will risk everything to win. Stefan Zweig’s acclaimed novella Chess is a disturbing, intensely dramatic depiction of obsession and the price of genius.

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