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THE ROYAL GAME (Die Schachnovelle) has been written in 1937.

An austrian accountant/banker is arrested by the Gestapo who wants him to reveal the name of his clients. He's locked up in a Vienna hotel room for months with nobody to talk to between interrogations. He manages to rob a book about chess and soon fights his loneliness by playing chess mentally. This activity leads him on the border of schizophrenia.

Two or three years later, once released, the accountant has the opportunity to play against the chess world champion on a cruiseboat. He beats the champion but at what price !
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness Conflict:    -   War, general    -   War, WW II

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accountant Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Austrian Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius    -   Mentally ill

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Austrian Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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