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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.
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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 !
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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


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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