Zweig, Stefan

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    A casual introduction, a challenge to a simple game of chess, a lovers’ reunion, a meaningless infidelity: from such small seeds Zweig brings forth five startlingly tense tales – meditations on the fragility of love, the limits of obsession, the combustibility of secrets and betrayal.

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    On a cruise ship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He agrees, but only on one condition – that the stakes are suitably high. Soon, the chessboard is surrounded with onlookers – and one voice in the crowd will play a key role in the outcome of the match.