Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Chess by Stefan Zweig

"There's not much point in describing the game."

Does chess drive you a little berserk? Then perhaps this is the novella for you. Perhaps I jest, and yet this thin sliver of a book is fantastic and certainly worth reading. Mirko Czentovic,somewhat of an idiot savant and the current world chess champion, is leaving New York for Buenos Aires on a cruise ship.
On board he encounters a man with an almost uncanny ability to predict his moves, little does he know what a game with him will deliver.
It is really easy to see why this Austrian novella is included in the 1001 novels list, it is original and really draws the reader in.

5 out of 5 - good things do come in small packages it seems.

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