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The Royal Game: A Chess Story Paperback – 4 Nov. 2021

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'Perhaps the best chess story ever written, perhaps the best about any game. Never mind that you may have never moved a pawn to King four; the story will grip you' --<i>Economist</i>

'The novella is one of Zweig's most horrifying investigations into monomania and at the same time a parable of the dangers inherent in engaging with Nazism' --Ruth Franklin, <i>London Review of Books</i>

'<i>A Chess Story by Stefan Zweig; the games our minds play' --Candia McWilliam, <i>Glasgow Herald</i>

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Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Between the wars, Zweig was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he moved to London, and later on to Bath, taking British citizenship after the outbreak of the Second World War. With the fall of France in 1940 Zweig left Britain for New York, before settling in Brazil, where he wrote The Royal Game in 1941. In 1942 Zweig and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pushkin Press (4 Nov. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1782278265
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1782278269
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.6 x 1.2 x 12.9 cm
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Stefan Zweig (/zwaɪɡ, swaɪɡ/; German: [tsvaɪk]; November 28, 1881 in Vienna – February 22, 1942 in Petrópolis) was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world.

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