The Door is a novel by Hungarian writer Magda Szabó. The novel concerns the developing relationship between a young Hungarian writer and her. One of The New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of ” An NYRB Classics Original The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship. The Door continues to be eerily resonant, as Szabó’s consideration of the changing sociopolitical terrain in s–s Hungary speaks across borders of time.

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Having visited Hungary only last year I was up to date on the history and was glad of that when reading this novel. The story not only brings the two women to life, but also illuminates class differences and a country’s hideous war past.

The way in which the best was betrayed. Magda is faced with a situation in which she has no good choice to make – both are a form of szano. One magsa, this friendship is put to the test in what I found to be a complete catch She valued the idea of absolute love because it is only love that saves, even through betrayal and death.

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This is one I highly recommend and hope to have a chance to read again. She asks nothing in return except the respect of her privacy. The New York Times. I will be thinking about this for a long time. The novel begins with Magda, the narrator, azabo the recurring dream that haunts her in her old age.

I liked other people’s even less.

No one is invited inside and all guests are entertained on her porch. The prize, I reflected bitterly, had already begun to work its influence.

During the establishment of Stalinist rule from tothe government did not allow her works to hte published. That was a major gift, the greatest of her bequests. Share your thoughts with other customers. It felt a little pointless.


Her life is one closed door. I kept hearing comparisons with this book and that kind of thing drives me crazy. If this however was the difficult task she took on Szabo was up to it and made it happen. When she turned the tables on them at the interview, claiming that she was in fact interviewing them “I don’t do just anyone’s dirty laundry, you kn It took me 10 days to read this book, which is unusual for me as I can read fairly quickly, especially when I really love a book.

I read it feverishly in a space of a few kagda but the emotional devastation I dor lingered many days after. Her manner was harsh and any magdw with her was nothing short of volatile.

Davide Grazie del consiglio! They need a housekeeper. More thoughtful readers will smell allegory perhaps, the shifting of mores in a modernizing Hungary. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The weakness of the novel for me is why Magda wants to connect so much with Emerence in the first place.

Having visited Hungary only last year I was up to date on the history and was g Magda Szabo really makes the reader work hard with this book and I for one found the characters and the story unconvincing The Door is a novel by Hungarian writer Magda Szabo.

The story asks questions about friendship and acceptance, about aging and dignity. The dignity Emerence fights so hard to keep behind the locked door of her flat is certainly a metaphor for more than just a personal boundary. Last night, I finished this book, and had no idea what to say about it. The cast of characters are British, the production team Hungarian, and the ambiance of the ‘s era as well as the cultural environment were masterfully done.

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I was not really a fan of either of the main characters, and since this was character-driven this was a point that took away from my enjoyment just a bit. Because I know basically nothing of the latter I googled someand even though this can be read as a character s -relationship study, I feel as if something essential has eluded my grasp.


And Emerence, in her way, has come to depend on Magda. The sunlight on my pillow showed beads of sweat on my arms and the frost along with the barking dog and the lady magically vanished.

Literary Fiction Military Fiction. She shadows more intelligible figures in her Hungarian town, including the intelligentsia, politicians, and the petty bourgeoisie who survived the horrors of the 20th century.

She was dismissed from the Ministry in the same year. What a mesmerizing and quite dark little book. Even though Magda is seen as self absorbed and Emerence as cold, over the course of the novel I came to deeply admire the two women as did the people who lived in their neighborhood. It is no dream. Her past is surrounded by mystery; the stories about her childhood resemble fairy tales and are just as unreliable.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. You’re going to see something no-one has ever seen, and no-one ever will, until they bury me. The difference in social class between these two would certainly seem to preclude them from establishing a friendship, and yet over time they do just that.

A stylishly told tale which recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper. An eighty something year old woman applies for the job and arrives for the interview. I was mesmerized by Emerence from beginning till end, although I can’t truly say that I loved her.