Ariel Magnus’ chess novel: He is always a train

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    The best meta-fictional stories, so the in which the up integrity of the stories themselves, to delay their unveiling until you, safe and secure wähnend, the legs, and then be a certainty after the other gets rid of. Nevertheless, it has brought a novel to become a classic of meta-literature, with the words, “You send the new novel to read If a traveller in a winter’s night by Italo Calvino”. In Calvino the game with the Fictional appeared easily. To arrange the cards on the table again and again, is meta-fiction for Advanced students.

    Elena Witzeck

    editor in the features section.

    F. A. Z.

    the Tradition of the game with the reader, the Argentinian Ariel Magnus follows in his diary entries of his grandfather-based novel about the world chess championship in Buenos Aires in 1939, which coincided with the beginning of the Second world war. The narrator explains the procedure in a “warning”: The novel was from the first to the last line of a work of fiction, and he should quote from the historical reality – after all, a public event is based on, it’ll be marked in the Text, at least once in a while, because it is also, of course, is to rewrite history: counterfactual, so to speak.

    collage of diary entries

    The real action, which is a week before the start of the chess Olympiad, and a few weeks after the Arrival of Heinz Magnus, before the Nazis, the father of the author of refugees in Argentina, begins, begins with the first paragraphs from Stefan Zweig’s “Schachnovelle”. References and characters from the novel, literary chess covers from Jorge Luis Borges to Edgar Allan Poe, collage of diary entries, media reports in Argentine Newspapers, and biographies of chess players set the framework.

    As in Buenos Aires, the first chess games were beaten, attacked the Germans in Poland. Among the participants in a mood of mistrust spread of false news, and confrontations between the now political opponents that have become Teams reinforced, and on the results of the competition had. Albert Becker, the captain of the German team, should have refused to accept that Jewish players did not want to compete against his Team and only under pressure from the Argentine chess Federation have given in. Give the Germans did not want to let the points also: A “mercy of the Jews” would have been worthless. In the end, this is not a work of fiction, the experience of the national socialism in Argentina its first Olympic success.

    Ariel Magnus sends his grandfather to prevent this from happening and to manipulate the tournament so that Poland will win. Here, Sonja Graf, the emancipated “free player” and later Vice-world champion, as well as the sports journalist Yanofsky, is condemned by its editorial staff after a lengthy debate, to report on the competition (with the Argument that chess players wouldn’t be laughing less non-as a Boxer) meet him, and Stefan Zweig securities borrowed and character self-surpassing, Mirko Czentovic, who introduces himself with the words “I’m a chess master, dummy”.

    conversations between the Hero and narrator

    The strength of this strange narrative is, in the way that Magnus creates his figures in their habit of sabotaging themselves, and in the related dialogs, the crackle between the count and the grandfather, finds its climax in the discussion, who leaves one Night, as the first Bar, and whether or not in the company. But also in the imagined Dialogues between the hero and his narrator, which to translation errors (Heinz his diary wrote in German, the author published in Spanish), and the dealing with national socialism in the distant home – a style, however, a more restrained use even better would have done.