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The Death's Head Chess Club

(2015)
A novel by

 
Debut author John Donoghue presents a suspenseful new novel about the improbable friendship between a Nazi officer and a Jewish chess player in Auschwitz.

SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front wounded and fit only for administrative duty. His most pressing task is to improve camp morale, so he establishes a chess club and allows officers and enlisted men to gamble on the games. Soon Meissner learns that chess is also played among the prisoners, and there are rumors of an unbeatable Jew known as "the Watchmaker". Meissner's superiors begin to demand that he demonstrate German superiority by pitting this undefeated Jew against the best Nazi players. Meissner finds Emil Clement, the Watchmaker, and a curious relationship arises between them. As more and more games are played, the stakes rise, and the two men find their fates deeply entwined.

Twenty years later, the two meet again in Amsterdam. Meissner has become a bishop, and Emil is playing in an international chess tournament. Having lost his family in the horrors of the death camps, Emil wants nothing to do with the ex-Nazi officer despite their history, but Meissner is persistent. "What I hope," he tells Emil, "is that I can help you to understand that the power of forgiveness will bring healing." As both men search for a modicum of peace, they recall a gripping tale of survival and trust.

A suspenseful meditation on understanding and guilt, John Donoghue's The Death's Head Chess Club is a bold debut and a rich portrait of a surprising friendship.

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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-78541-073-3 / 978-1-78541-073-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club: A Novel
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 0-374-13570-3 / 978-0-374-13570-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-78239-645-4 / 978-1-78239-645-1 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club: A Novel
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-250-09712-6 / 978-1-250-09712-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-78239-313-7 / 978-1-78239-313-9 (UK edition)
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2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-78239-311-0 / 978-1-78239-311-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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June 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
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June 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-4450-5067-6 / 978-1-4450-5067-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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June 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-4450-5068-4 / 978-1-4450-5068-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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May 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club: A Novel
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-4830-8159-1 / 978-1-4830-8159-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club: Library Edition
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-4830-8157-5 / 978-1-4830-8157-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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May 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club: Library Edition
Author(s): John Donoghue
ISBN: 1-4830-8158-3 / 978-1-4830-8158-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club: A Novel
Author(s): John Donoghue
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Death's Head Chess Club
Author(s): John Donoghue
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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