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Publisher's Summary

Qui est cet inconnu capable d'en remontrer au grand Czentovic, le champion mondial des échecs, véritable prodige aussi fruste qu'antipathique ? Peut-on croire, comme il l'affirme, qu'il n'a pas joué depuis plus de vingt ans ? Les circonstances dans lesquelles l'homme a acquis sa science du jeu sont terribles. Elles renvoient aux expérimentations nazies sur les effets de l'isolement absolu, lorsque, aux frontières de la folie, le cerveau humain parvient à déployer ses facultés les plus étranges.

Dans cette fable inquiétante parue en 1943, un an après son suicide, Zweig porte un regard désespéré sur une époque qui ne laisse comme alternative que la démence ou la mort.
Édouard Baer donne toute sa dimension à ce grand texte où l'angoisse est sans cesse à fleur de mots.
© Librairie Générale Française, 1991. Traduit de l'allemand par Jacqueline Des Gouttes. Traductions révisée par Brigitte Vergne-Cain et Gérard Rudent
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By Peter on 03-18-15

Really well narrated by Edouard Berr

Would you consider the audio edition of Le joueur d'échecs to be better than the print version?

The narrator puts so much emotion when reading the book, you literally seem to be inside the book. He makes the book really easy to understand, which is always a really important factor. A really good performance by Edouard Berr.

What did you like best about this story?

The book itself is really interesting, it is short and simple. There are many hidden meanings in the plot that make the story really interesting. I must say that the plot is really interesting, maybe you will even start liking chess after reading this.

Which character – as performed by Edouard Berr – was your favorite?

M. B is a really special character. It is not that easy to portrait a character with those kind of traits. Edouard Berr did a really good job by doing so.

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