Chess Story

[Die Schachnovelle]
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Type: Literature
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Dr. B. is a discreet Austrian lawyer who is arrested by the Gestapo to extract information from him. To prevent his mind from giving in to torture, the doctor devotes himself to memorizing 150 chess games. While this memorization exercise will almost lead him to madness, it will eventually help him get free. Some time later, during a boat trip, Dr. B meets Mirko Czentovicz, world chess champion. Thanks to one of the passengers, both players end up facing each other. In this way Chess Story presents us with the clash of two antagonistic natures, reflecting the resilience of the human being who is subjected to extraordinary pressure. The book demonstrates Stefan Zweig's mastery to write a novel full of tension and intrigue in a few pages. 

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal, 2019