Three novelettes. The title story has not hitherto been published, and is his last known finished work; the other two have appeared in slim volumes, separately, together they show a side of Zweig that is new to most of his readers, an ability to present in concise, precise form a rounded novel in miniature. The Royal Game deals with a strange form of , as an Austrian, imprisoned in Austria before the Aluss, by the Nasia, saves his sanity but produces a self-induced mania through playing endless chess problems, identifying himself new as Black, now White. When he was eventually released, he pits himself against a peasant chess genius, world champion, defeats him and then goes again in the second game -- and quite... is a story of a discredited doctor who tells a fellow passenger how he ran amok in the tropical hell where he had been sent, and who commits suicide off a boat to save the reputation of a dead woman he had wreaked and lost. Letter from an Unknown Women is a deathbed confession of love, written anonymously by a woman to the man she had always loved, and who had never recognized , though she had born his son. There's a strange of morbidity -- but a certain fascination in all three tales.