Just curious if anyone else here has read this novella?
It was Zweig's last work before he killed himself, it was published poshumously in 1942.
At 83 pages you can rattle through it.......I thought it was very good indeed!
"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 man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them and their fortunes change. How he came to possess his extraordinary grasp of the game of chess -and at what cost- lie at the heart of Zweig’s story."