By Stefan Zweig
Chess Story, often referred to as The Royal Game, is the Austrian grasp Stefan Zweig's ultimate fulfillment, accomplished in Brazilian exile and despatched off to his American writer in simple terms days ahead of his suicide in 1942. it's the merely tale during which Zweig appears at Nazism, and he does so with attribute emphasis at the psychological.
Travelers by means of send from big apple to Buenos Aires locate that on board with them is the area champion of chess, an boastful and unfriendly guy. they arrive jointly to aim their abilities opposed to him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps ahead to propose them and their fortunes switch. How he got here to own his outstanding grab of the sport of chess and at what price lie on the center of Zweig's story.
This new translation of Chess Story brings out the work's strange mix of excessive suspense and poignant mirrored image.
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YANG suN : SHEN T E : YANG SUN : (Little pause. ) Oh ! A drop of rain ! Where'd you feel it? Between the eyes. Near the right eye? Or the left? The Good Woman of Setzuan I 59 SHEN TE : Near the left eye. YANG suN : Oh, good. (He is getting sleepy. ) So you're through with men, eh? SHEN TE (with a smile ) : But I'm not bowlegged. YANG SUN : Perhaps not. SHEN TE : Definitely not. Pause. YANG SUN ( leaning wearily against the willow ) : I haven't had a drop to drink all day, I haven't eaten anything for two days.
SHUI TA : And now : go ! 44 Bertolt Brecht I HUSBAND : SHUI What's that? TA : You're thieves, parasites. I'm giving you this chance. Go ! (summoning all his ancestral dignity ) : That sort deserves no answer. Besides, one should never shout on an empty stomach. HUSBAND WIFE : Where's that boy? Exactly . The boy. I want · no stolen goods in this shop. ( Very loudly. ) ! strongly advise you to leave ! SHUI TA : (But they remain seated, noses in the air. Quietly. ) As you wish. (sHUI TA goes to the door.
The strict Mr. Shui Ta! NEPHEW SISTER-IN-LAW BROTHER laughs. (reaching for a cigarette ) : One cigarette more or less . . HUSBAND : One cigarette more or less. They pile into the cigarettes. The jug of wine round. NE PHEW : B ROTHER hands a Mr. Shui Ta'll pay for it! GRANDFATHER (gravely, to SHEN TE ) : How do you do? little taken aback by the belatedness of the greeting, bows. She has the carpenter's bill in one hand, the landlady's lease in the other. SHEN TE, a How about a bit of spirits up?