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The Royal Game


The Royal Game (also known as Chess Story; in the original German Schachnovelle, "Chess Novella") is a novella by the Austrian author Stefan Zweig written in 1941, the year before the author's death by suicide. In some editions, the title is used for a collection that also includes "Amok", "Burning Secret", "Fear", and "Letter From an Unknown Woman".
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original title: Schachnovelle
language: German
date of publication: 1942 or 1943
genre: novella
main subject: isolation, Nazi Germany, psychological trauma, chess, Anschluss
narrative location: Atlantic Ocean, Vienna


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