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Stefan Zweig
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Born (1881-11-28)November 28, 1881
Died February 22, 1942(1942-02-22) (aged 60)
Occupation Novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer
Spouse(s) Friderike Maria von Winternitz (born Burger) (1920–1938; divorced)
Lotte Altmann (1939–1942; his death)
Parent(s) Moritz Zweig (1845–1926)
Ida Brettauer (1854–1938)
Relatives Alfred Zweig (1879–1977)
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Stefan Zweig (November 28, 1881 – February 22, 1942) was an Austrian writer. He was born in Vienna. He volunteered to be a soldier in the First World War, and got the post as a military commentator. This made him an enemy of war. The Nazis gained power in Germany in 1933, and their influence could be felt in Austria as well. 1934, Stefan Zweig emigrated, first to London, then to South America. That way he lost much of his audience.

He has written many books and poems. One of his best-known works is called Schachnovelle (The Royal Game, in English). In it, he describes a Chess player, that is forced to play against himself (while imprisoned). He explores the theme of madness. This book inspired the movie Geri's Game, made by Pixar in 1997.

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