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Novela de ajedrez

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Sin capacidad para cualquier otra actividad intelectual, Mirko Czentovicz se reveló, ya desde niño, como un genio del ajedrez, del que ha llegado a ser campeón del mundo. Pero, en un viaje en barco de Nueva York a Buenos Aires, se le presenta un enigmático contrincante: el señor B., noble vienés que huye de los nazis. Uno de los pasajeros del vapor se acerca a los dos pers ...more
Paperback, Colección Narrativa del Acantilado, 10, 94 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Editorial Acantilado (first published 1941)
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Glenn Russell
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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 mysterie
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Mohammed  Ali
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كيف تعرف أنّك بصدد قراءة عمل عبقري ؟

بالنسبة لي صراحة هو تلك النوعية من الأعمال التّي تفاجئك، التّي تخبطك، التّي تلطمك، تصفعك، تضربك .. لا أدري كيف أصف حقيقة أو ماهية هذا الشعور، و لكن أظن أنّ أغلبكم قد جرّبه.
تختار قصّة ما أو رواية أو حتّى كتاب و تبدأ في القراءة و كحال البدايات دائما ما يكون هناك نوع طفيف من الملل .. و أحيانا يصاحب هذا الملل نوع من الندم على هذا الإختيار، و هنا أنا أتحدث عن شعور ضئيل جدا و لكنّه موجود، ثم فجأة و من دون سابق إنذار تجد نفسك تجري بين السطور متعلقا و منغمسا بمعاني ال
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Alejandro
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alejandro by: Florencia
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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.

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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.

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Besides my interest to try this author, I was intrigued ab
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s.penkevich
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to s.penkevich by: The review titled 'If suicidal, don't read this'
The more 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 prem
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
"άλλο δε ζητώ παρα να μου δοθει ετούτη η χάρη, να μιλησω απλά..."


Παρά την μικρή του έκταση είναι ένα πολύ γεμάτο και διεισδυτικό βιβλιο. Μας ταξιδευει μέχρι τα όρια της ανθρώπινης αντοχής όταν καποιο άτομο έχει εγκλειστεί στο τίποτα του εαυτου του και έχει αγγίξει τη φρίκη της κοινωνικής απομόνωσης.

Με κεντρικό θέμα την σκακιστική δεξιότητα που μπορεί να θριαμβεύει σχεδόν το ίδιο σε ένα φτωχό,άξεστο και αμόρφωτο άτομο όσο και σε έναν άλλο πνευματικά καλλιεργημένο,κοινωνικά καταξιωμένο αλλά και δ
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Kalliope




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’
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sweet jane
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mindfuck
Μέσα σε ελάχιστες σελίδες ο Τσβάιχ αποτύπωσε την μοναξιά, το πάθος και την φρενίτιδα, όταν άλλοι χρειάζονται τόμους δίχως να καταφέρουν ούτε τα μισά.

Ότι άλλο κι αν γραφτεί περιττεύει· να το διαβάσετε.
Afshar
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Afshar by: Shayan Foroozesh
بعضی وقت ها تک تک خط های کتابی را درک می کنیم ولی دریغ از فهمیدن خط اصلی کتاب
یعنی آن چیزی که نویسنده را واداشته تا چنین کتابی را بنویسد
چیزی که می خواهد به ما بگوید
نمی توانستم باور کنم که کسی بتواند تمام وجود و روح و روانش را در دایره ی این بازی محدود کند

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اینجاست که باید بری سراغ نویسنده و اوضاع اجتماعی و دنیایی که او در آن زندگی کرده است
مخصوصا چنین کتابی که روز بعد از اتمام آن، استیفن تسوایگ و لوته(همسرش) محلول کشنده ورونال را سر کشیدند

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کتاب شطرنج را در کشوی میزکارش پیدا کردند و سال بعد در استکهل
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Garima

If you want to experience the wonders of a powerful novella without compromising much on time front but at the same instant ready for a deep emotional involvement which would accelerate your heartbeat, if not at a fatal but abnormal rate then Chess Story is for you. A gripping work of fiction with unique characters and an impeccable narration that would not only make the fascination about the game of chess come alive but also convey the dynamics of human mind during the most testing times which
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Florencia
...nothing on earth exerts such pressure on the human soul as a void. (19)

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Black. White. Which is it? Which one is our nature? We can be good, we can be cruel. We praise ourselves saying being human entails being good. We have daily proofs that is not necessary the case. If we are meant to be good and we are not, our mind have lost the battle against a deviation. Or against our true nature.
Now that is a depressing thought.


I had this book on my to-read shelf for months. And I wasn't going to re
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Manny
The chessplayer and the non-chessplayer will read this classic novella in different ways. The non-chessplayer sees it as a tragedy where the noble but unworldly Dr. B is defeated by the oafish but practical Czentovic. Chess is used to symbolize the pure world of the mind, where Dr. B should triumph due to his superior intellectual powers, but discovers that his opponent's ruthlessness and greed are stronger. Czentovic cannot win fairly, but is perfectly happy to cheat.

The chessplayer would like
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Duane
One gets the sense that Zweig was projecting his inner turmoil, his insanity, into the character of Dr B. This projection was much too real, too disturbing to be fiction. Dr B's mental frailty was brought on by mental torture, total isolation, at the hands of Germany's Gestapo. Zweig's was troubled by the isolation from his country (Austria), his people, his culture. Dr B found his relief in the game of Chess, Zweig found his in writing. Quite a powerful story to be packed into 84 pages. 4.5 sta ...more
Dolors
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those containing Black and White
Recommended to Dolors by: Garima
Shelves: read-in-2014
A chessboard with sixty-four squares hidden in the folds of a checkered pattern bedspread represents much more than a mere pastime in Zweig’s short novella.
The dichotomy of black and white pieces of divided consciousness locked inside a man struggling to keep sanity over mental torture.
Chess moves, chess problems, imaginary games played in frenzied compulsion, both ruin and salvation of someone who has been deprived of the warmth of humanity, become the only means of creating meaning out of th
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Ahmed Ibrahim
رواية عكست ما يختلج بداخل زفايج بصورة بشعة، ونهايتها مؤلمة لأقصى حد.
لو صمد اللاعب المجهول لبعض الوقت لهزم خصمه ومات الملك، لو لم يقع زفايج في هوة اليأس لشهد موت الملك.

ظل اللاعب المجهول يعاني مما لاقاه على يد ظباط الجستابو فلم يستطع أن يتحرر من الحدود الذي حصروه فيها، ظل محصورًا داخل رقعة الشطرنج يحاول الإمساك بزمام نفسه لكن دون جدوى.
أما أشهر وأفضل لاعب شطرنج في العالم كان جاهلًا بكل شيء إلا بالشطرنج.. اكتشفوا موهبته صغيرًا ثم ما لبث أن أصبح أفضل لاعب شطرنج بالعالم.

لو نظرنا للحالة التي كان عليه
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Agnieszka
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I always considered chess the most boring game in the world. Two people sitting opposite each other, and between them chessboard with these funny figures that players move after few minutes cogitation. It seemed as exciting as snail racing.

Apparently I was wrong. Chess Story centres around two extraordinary men, being opposites in every term, personality, background, approaching to life. A chance meeting on an ocean liner gives them possibility to chess duel. It’s a great psychological study,
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فهد الفهد
لاعب الشطرنج

أحببت هذا النمساوي المنكوب منذ قرأت له (حذار من الشفقة)، ثم أكثر عندما قرأت له مذكراته (عالم الأمس)، وها هي روايته القصيرة هذه التي كتبها في أيامه الأخيرة تزيد هذه المحبة عندما تروي لنا هذه القصة الممتعة والمؤلمة، يأتي جانب الإمتاع في شق الرواية الأول، الراوي الذي يحاول اكتشاف وفهم لاعب شطرنج عالمي يرافقه على باخرة تغادر العالم القديم إلى العالم الجديد، هذا اللاعب الغريب والفذ الذي يرفض أن يسمح لأحد بالاقتراب منه، ويلاعب الجميع باستخفاف وغرور مستفز، الشق المؤلم للرواية يبدأ عندما يظ
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Cody
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb
A dark but enjoyable story about the human spirit’s restlessness, the dangers of obsession and the easy allure of arrogance. On a macro scale, “Chess Story” also attacks Nazi socialism and the futility of trying to take away liberty. At least, that’s what I got out of it. It’s such a short read, and the writing is so straight forward, that maybe I’m just grasping at straws trying to take something out of this. The author submitted this novella just days before his suicide, so I’m sure he wanted ...more
Kostas Papadatos
Αυτό το βιβλίο το λάτρεψα. Ο Τσβάιχ μέσα σε 120 σελίδες κατάφερε να δημιουργήσει ένα πραγματικό αριστούργημα. Ένα έργο το οποίο γράφτηκε κατά τη διάρκεια του Β’ Παγκοσμίου πολέμου, με θέμα, την αλαζονεία της ανθρώπινης φύσης, την μονομανία και την ψυχική φθορά, στον αγώνα του ανθρώπου για επιβίωση. Όλα αυτά με φόντο το ασπρόμαυρο σκηνικό μιας σκακιέρας.
Ανήκει στην λίστα με τα αγαπημένα μου πλέον.

Υ.Γ. Δε μπορώ θα το πω. Το ξύλινο ανθρωπάκι στο εξώφυλλο, πιάνει αυτό που νομίζω;
Nikoleta
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Την Σκακιστική νουβέλα την είχα παρεξηγήσει. Έχω διαβάσει τόσα σχόλια που περιγράφουν το θέμα της με τόσο στομφώδεις, πομπώδεις σχολιασμούς, με τόσες αναλύσεις για φιλοσοφικές προεκτάσεις, που με είχαν τρομοκρατήσει. Φανταζόμουν ότι είναι ένα πολύ βαρύ ανάγνωσμα, δύσκολο και βαρετό. Καμία σχέση, πιο έξω δεν θα μπορούσα να πέσω. Αφού έχει χιλιοαναλυθεί η θέση αυτού του βιβλίου στην παγκόσμια λογοτεχνία, εγώ θα μιλήσω καταρχήν, για την αφήγηση. Είναι σε απλή και άμεση γλώσσα, κυλάει γρήγορα και πρ ...more
Raya Ka'abneh راية
"أو ليس من الهيّن أن رجلاً يحسب نفسه عظيماً إذا كان هذا الإنسان يجعل أن الدنيا قد عرفت رمبرانت وبيتهوفن ودانتي؟"


قد تحتوي المراجعة كشفاً لبعض لأحداث الرواية

كانت معرفتي الأولى بستيفان زفايغ في صفحات كتابه "ماري أنطوانيت"، تلك السيرة التي جعلتني أنبهر بكل التفصيلات التي أوردها وأسلوب السرد المتماسك المدهش والغني، فكانت بحق وجبة دسمة تمنّيت لو لم تنتهِ أبداً. وقد قرأت اسم رواية "لاعب الشطرنج" هنا على هذا الموقع، وكانت اكتشافاً جديداً لزفايغ.

تدور الرواية الصغيرة حول لعبة الشطرنج، التي لم أعرف كي
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بثينة العيسى
زلزال في الرأس.
Aubrey
Yet how difficult, how impossible it is to imagine the life of an intellectually active person who reduces the world to a shuttle between black and white, who seeks fulfillment in a mere to-and-fro, forward-and-back of thirty-two pieces, someone for whom a new opening that allows the knight to be advanced instead of the pawn is in itself a great accomplished and a meager little piece of immortality in a corner of a chess book— someone, someone with a brain in his head, who, without going mad, c
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Steven  Godin
My my, how times do change, they don't make um like this anymore. As for time, what a way to spend an hour. Exceptional!

Stefan Zweig’s final achievement, and what an 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 champi
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Jason
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2014
If I didn’t have some weird neurotic rule against short stories and novellas qualifying for space on my “thrill me chill me fulfill me” shelf, this book would have totally gotten five stars from me. It really is that good.

Last week I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel and even though I was majorly disappointed, there was a blurb at the end about how the movie was based on the writings of Stefan Zweig, whom I had heard of but didn’t know a great deal about. Then someone (I forget who) told me that Wes
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Chess 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
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Megan Baxter
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The emotional wallop of this book is far out of proportion to its size. At 84 pages, I read it in less than an hour. But that hour was filled with pain and hurt and hope and human persistence and human degradation and it hurt to read.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Brina
Chess Story or the Royal Game is Stephan Zweig's autobiographical short story detailing how he used chess as a way to escape boredom while imprisoned by the Nazis. A mere 84 pages in length, Chess Story is the last book Zweig wrote before he and his wife committed suicide. In its pages, he details his relationship with the royal game of chess.

We first meet grand champion Czentovic when he is orphaned at age 14 and living in a parsonage. A reclusive teen, he uses chess to get ahead and eventuall
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Seemita
"Wanting to play chess against yourself is a paradox, like jumping over your own shadow."

But what fun is life if words like manic, insanity, paradox and contradiction are not put to test once in a while? Even at the cost of years of discipline and rationality?

Stefen Zweig surely put his own constructs up the wall when he created this ingenious piece of art. Yes, it was pure art; outrightly splendid form of art that overwhelms the realms of conventional thinking and forces the mind to stretch its
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George
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Με αφορμή την (σχετικά ενδιαφέρουσα) ταινία για τον Τσβάιχ που είδα πρόσφατα, είπα να ξαναδιαβάσω την τελευταία του νουβέλα. Πολλά έργα, λογοτεχνικά και εικαστικά (εδώ και αιώνες), έχουν εμπνευστεί από το σκάκι και αρκετά το έχουν ως κεντρικό θέμα τους. Ξεκινώντας από την απλή περιέργεια ή τον, αυθόρμητο ή καλλιεργημένο, θαυμασμό προς το παιχνίδι της ευφυίας, ο Τσβάιχ στήνει ένα δραματουργικό σκηνικό: τι γυρεύουν σ’ ένα πλοίο που πλέει προς τη Λατινική Αμερική (δικό του καταφύγιο επί χιτλερικής ...more
tyranus
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Yapıt, gerilim dozu yüksek bir dramdır aslında. Hikayenin kahramanı olan Dr.B., naziler tarafından günlerce tecride terkedilir. Hiçbir fiziki ve sözlü şiddete maruz kalmaz; ne filistin askısına çekilir, ne kafası içi su dolu kovaya batırılır, ne de bedenine elektrik verilir. Bunların yerine daha etkili bir yöntem geliştirmişlerdir; psikoloijk işkence. Mahkum, sorgulamalar bitene kadar aylarca boş bir odada yaşamaya zorlanır. "Ne var ki bunda" demeyin. Dikkatinizi dağıtacak en ufak bir cisim, ...more
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Stefan Zweig was one of the world's most famous writers during the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the U.S., South America and Europe. He produced novels, plays, biographies and journalist pieces. Among his most famous works are Beware of Pity, Letter from an Unknown Woman and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

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“Besides, isn't it confoundedly easy to think you're a great man if you aren't burdened with the slightest idea that Rembrandt, Beethoven, Dante or Napoleon ever lived?” 84 likes
“In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, - for someone to play against himself is absurd ...
It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow.”
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