Hein Donner- The BiographyHein Donner- The Biography.
Type: BOOKS. Detail: Munninghoff,A. Product Code: 9789056918927.
Category: PLAYERS. Publisher: New in Chess.
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Hein Donner (1927 to 1988) was a Dutch Grandmaster and one the greatest writers on chess of all time. His collections of writings known as The King is a classic. It is a fascinating and often hilarious anthology spanning 30 years of chess writing, is a world wide bestseller and features on many people's list of favourite chess books. His father, who had been the Minister of Justice and later became President of the Dutch Supreme Court, detected a keen legal talent in his son. But Hein opted for a bohemian lifestyle as a chess professional and journalist. He scored several excellent tournament victories but never quite fulfilled the promise of his chess talent. Hein Donner developed from a chess playerwriter into a writerchess player. His provocative writings and his colourful persona made him a national celebrity during the roaring sixties. His book 'The King', a fascinating and often hilarious anthology spanning 30 years of chess writing, is a worldwide bestseller and features on many people's list of favourite chess books. The author Harry Mulisch, his best friend, immortalized Hein Donner in his magnum opus The Discovery of Heaven. In 2001 the book was adapted for film, with Stephen Fry playing the part that was based on Donner. Included in Hein Donner is the interview in which Harry Mulisch tells about his friendship with Donner. After suffering a stroke at the age of 56, Donner lived his final years in a nursing home. He continued writing however, typing with one finger, and won one of the Netherlands' most prestigious literary awards. Alexander Munninghoff has written a captivating biography of a controversial man and the turbulent time and age he lived in. Softback, 272 pages. Dimensions 147 x 221 x 17.78mm, 453g
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