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Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
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Jan 21, 10

Read in January, 2010

This book and the life of Austrian author was introduced by my husband who knew I would like the poignant, finely tuned psychological drama and the characters are powerhouses, twisted and real. Zweig is so masterful at the depiction of the incarceration and the man's mental salvation through the game of chess that I was carried along so forcibly, every emotion he experienced, every racing of his pulse, every fearful moment, his ultimate dissociation of his personality and his breakdown are experienced. The descriptions are powerful and cause a visceral reaction, I wept when I set the book down. The tears were for Dr. B, all of the victims of the Nazi carnage and perhaps a reaction to what happened, the suicide of the author. This gem of a small book explores and disturbs the human psyche like no other. This is truly a must read. Important historically, emotionally and I couldn't put it down.
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