Stalemate

Stalemate

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Random House, Inc.
A classic of Holocaust literature from “one of the great masters of the short novel.”
—The New Yorker

In the Vilna Ghetto during World War II, Nazi Commandant Schoger demands that all children be sent to the death camp. When Abraham Lipman pleads with him to spare their lives, Schoger reconsiders, and tells Lipman there will be a chess match between himself and Lipman’s only surviving son, Isaac, a chess prodigy. If Isaac wins, the children will live, but Isaac will die. If Isaac loses, the children will die, but Isaac will live. Only a draw will save the ghetto from this terrible predicament.

The chess game begins: a nightmarish contest played over the course of several evenings, witnessed by an audience impotent to act, staking the lives of their children on a stalemate. This is a moving story of a father and a son who shame their cruel perpetrator with their dignity, spirit, and extraordinary courage. Stalemate speaks to the power of humor even under the direst circumstances. As a parable that gives voice to the unspeakable, Stalemate is an antidote to despair.

“Gripping . . . a truly memorable work.”
—Booklist


Baker & Taylor
Pleading for the lives of World War II Jewish children who have been condemned to death, Abraham Lipman is forced to agree to let his champion chess player son play against a Nazi commander in a game, the outcome of which will mean death for either the children or Lipman's son. Reprint.

Blackwell North Amer
A classic of Holocaust literature from “one of the great masters of the short novel.”
—The New Yorker

In the Vilna Ghetto during World War II, Nazi Commandant Schoger demands that all children be sent to the death camp. When Abraham Lipman pleads with him to spare their lives, Schoger reconsiders, and tells Lipman there will be a chess match between himself and Lipman’s only surviving son, Isaac, a chess prodigy. If Isaac wins, the children will live, but Isaac will die. If Isaac loses, the children will die, but Isaac will live. Only a draw will save the ghetto from this terrible predicament.

The chess game begins: a nightmarish contest played over the course of several evenings, witnessed by an audience impotent to act, staking the lives of their children on a stalemate. This is a moving story of a father and a son who shame their cruel perpetrator with their dignity, spirit, and extraordinary courage. Stalemate speaks to the power of humor even under the direst circumstances. As a parable that gives voice to the unspeakable, Stalemate is an antidote to despair.

“Gripping . . . a truly memorable work.”
—Booklist


Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2005
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9781590511565
1590511565
Branch Call Number: Fiction Meras
Characteristics: 160 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Zdanys, Jonas 1950-- Translator
Alternative Title: Lygiosios trunka akimirką

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