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Reading ➸ Schachnovelle Author Stefan Zweig –

SchachnovelleChess Story, Also Known As The Royal Game, Is The Austrian Master Stefan Zweig S Final Achievement, Completed In Brazilian Exile And Sent Off To His American Publisher Only Days Before His Suicide In 1942 It Is The Only Story In Which Zweig Looks At Nazism, And He Does So With Characteristic Emphasis On The Psychological.Travelers By Ship From New York To Buenos Aires Find That On Board With Them Is The World Champion Of Chess, An Arrogant And Unfriendly Man They Come Together To Try Their Skills Against Him And Are Soundly Defeated Then A Mysterious Passenger Steps Forward To Advise Them And Their Fortunes Change How He Came To Possess His Extraordinary Grasp Of The Game Of Chess And At What Cost Lie At The Heart Of Zweig S Story.This New Translation Of Chess Story Brings Out The Work S Unusual Mixture Of High Suspense And Poignant Reflection.

Reading ➸ Schachnovelle Author Stefan Zweig –
  • Paperback
  • 80 pages
  • Schachnovelle
  • Stefan Zweig
  • German
  • 11 September 2017
  • 9783150189337

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    I detect strong parallels between reading a novel and the game of chess there is the author sitting on one side, playing white, the reader on the other side, playing black instead of the chess board and chess pieces there is the novel the author s opening chapter is the chess player s opening, the middle of the novel is, of course, the middle game, and the closing chapter is the end game If both author and reader expand their literary horizons and deepen their appreciation of life s mysteries, then both can declare checkmate.Stefan Zweig s Chess Story published by New York Review Books NYRB is 84 pages of literary counterpart to a master chess game of Capablanca or Kasparov, a novel where the first person narrator, an Austrian, just so happens to be on board a passenger steamer with a world chess champion by the name of Czentovic and also, as it turns out, a fellow Austrian referred to as Dr B, a man who tells the tale of how he came to play chess whilst a prisoner of the Gestapo If you tend to find novels by such giants as Proust, Joyce or Mann a bit intimidating but still would like to do a careful cover to cover read of a masterpiece, this is your book A special thanks to Joel Rotenberg for translating from the German to a most accessible and clear English And keeping in the spirit of a game of chess, below are ...

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    e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 An interesting short story that it s one of the most famous works by the writer Stefan Zweig that even sadly was published after his suicide d4 Bg4 When a story is presented in another language, some elements are lost in the translation, and I think that while Chess Story is a pretty good title, its original title was The Royal Game that I think it gives to the story an air of refinement, class and elegance dxe5 Bxf3 Besides my interest to try this author, I was intrigued about this short story that evidently was about the game of kings, chess I am not a good player of chess and I remember how an uncle of mine that he was the one who taught me, he always beat me, every single game, and only once I was able to beat him, I was still a little kid but I clearly remember still how I ran around the house celebrating my victory over my teacher Qxf3 dxe5 6 Bc4 Nf6 And interesting enough, I remember this time not so many long ago when I was on vacations in a jungle lodge along with my then girlfriend and meanwhile we were waiting for a lodge s boat for a river tour, quite early in the morning, we were on the lodge s game room and there was a chessboard She asked me if I was interested to play meanwhile the boat would be ready We play, she lost, and we never play chess any in the trip Qb3 Qe7 There is ...

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    The one limits oneself, the closer one is to the infinite these people, as unworldly as they seem, burrow like termites into their own particular material to construct, in miniature, a strange and utterly individual image of the world. Chess, the Royal Game , regally eschews the tyranny of chance and awards its palms of victory only to the intellect, or rather to a certain type of intellectual gift. Stefan Zweig plunges the reader into this cold, calculating world through a simple premise of a chess match between the reigning world champion and a mysterious doctor who reveals an incredible knowledge of the game s strategy despite his claims that he hasn t touched a chessboard for over twenty years In a mere 80 pages, Zweig s Chess Story, reaches an emotional and psychological depth that leaves the reader shivering with horror through a haunting allegory of Nazi Germany where human lives are mere wooden pieces to be strategically moved and sacrificed by an indifferent hand.Zweig s grasp on human nature is chillingly accurate, and the few characters presented come alive through such simple descriptions of their psychology, made easily accessible through havi...

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    We Are Never AloneWith astounding concision in a short story about chess, Zweig outlines a profound psychological theory that a human being s greatest resource the ability to reflect upon himself and his actions is also his greatest vulnerability Experience alone, without the capacity to reflect upon it, provides rigid rules for responding to situations which never quite repeat themselves Reflective ability creates the ability to cope with entirely novel conditions through the power to re shape the rules, to imagine alternative experiences By standing, as it were, outside ourselves, we are able to create a context for ourselves, and consequently meaning.On the other hand this reflective ability implies a self fragmentation into the white ego and the black ego and the potential for an induced schizophrenia or, generally, for debilitating mental illness Pushed to an extreme of sensual deprivation, Zweig suggests, we may be able to save ourselves from insanity through imagination But this route to salvation is dangerously close to a different kind of insanity We are te...

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    My pleasure in playing became a desire to play, a mania, a frenzy, which permeated not only my waking hours but gradually my sleep too Chess was all I could think about, chess moves, chess problems were the only form my thoughts could take sometimes I awoke with a sweaty brow and understood that I must have unconsciously gone on playing even while I slept, and if I dreamt of people, all they did was move like the bishop or the rook, or hopscotch like the knight We never are formally introduced to Dr B We meet him during a chess match aboard a ship bound for South America when our narrator and some acquaintances of his are taking on a grand champion, Mirko Czentovic They are being beaten handily until Dr B steps forward out of pity or probably likely being pushed by his own mania for the game I m not a fan of chess or any game for that matter I ve played some hands of poker without becoming too jittery, but for the most part, participating in games I m told it is an essential part of being social is not my cup of tea I will be sitting there, moving domino tiles about, or fiddling with scrabble squares, or waiting to move the Scottie dog I won t play at all unless it is understood I m always the Scottie to Park Place or Ventno...

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    This book is about the workings of the mind.But before I go into that, let me start by saying that to me the name of Stefan Zweig evokes a feeling of nostalgia Of course, this is foremost due to the title of his famous memoirs, and because we know that he belonged to a world that was disappearing And probably because he realized this he decided to depart from it.But for me it creates an additional longing It makes me yearn for a world in which I did not yet exist, a world that followed Zweig s In particular the beginning of this novel, which starts out in a ship travelling from New York to Buenos Aires, at a time when these two cities, together with Shanghai, were the most cosmopolitan centers in the world, made me think of a few decades later when my parents were young and left their country and boarded on ships that would take them to New York and to Buenos Aires and other places.Nostalgia is also part of our fantasy.Zweig s novella is a meditation on the nature of the mind how it creates its own reality, how it lives thanks to sensations and perceptions, b...

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    Stefan Zweig created an extraordinary, exciting, thought provoking novel in a typical, virtuosic self writing style.

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