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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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Written inthe Door tells the story of the strange and complicated relationship between two strong women of opposing backgrounds and personalities: She suffers no fools and abjures education, religion, pretense.

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Unfortunately very little has been translated. Literary Fiction Military Fiction Category: It brought this book alive on a totally different level and for once I believe that the film saved the book in a way. Reading like a mythic tale full of symbolismthis book chosen by NYT as one of ‘s 10 Best Books though it was originally written in is not one of those warm fuzzy books about frie This is a strange little book translated from Hungarian about the unlikely postwar friendship of Magda our narrator a writer married to an academic, and a very secretive illiterate village woman named Remenencewho though hired as a household servant, quickly has them wondering who is really in charge.

The Door has one of the most powerful and intriguing characters I’ve come across until now. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Tutto converge a fare di Emerenc un personaggio mitologico.

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She does not consider writing, reading, attending conferences. I found the atmosphere of this novel to be full of darkness and despair. It had some rises in the hillside but generally flattened out becoming all too often a telling and not a showing. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: One of the best novels I’ve read in years. It tells the story of the relationship between an eminent writer and her somewhat cranky cleaning woman.


Both women come from vastly different backgrounds. After the death of its final leaf, the trees lay barren like a country that had abruptly lost its people. She was one of the few people loved by Emerence but it was not her story. The complex and unusual relationship between the two women and with the most expressive representative, Viola the dog develops and leads them to commit themselves into a secret pact and then into the climax of the story which the writer will have to carry for the last of her life.

Emerence was a ferocious defender of herself and what was right according to her. Emerence is veiled in many ways – she never shows her hair despite not having any religious beliefs in fact openly scoffing those who do, including Magdanobody is allowed inside her house, and for the most part she does not talk about her past, which includes several periods in Hungary’s tumultuous history.

Thank you, Magda Szabo. View all 19 comments. This is one I highly recommend and hope to have a chance to read again. Non avessi conosciuto la mia nonna materna forse penserei che la narratrice al tempo stesso antagonista, amata e figlia la ritrae calcando un po’ troppo le tinte, esagerando. Finding the key to Emerence’s past becomes the reader’s quest.

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Return to Book Page. Emerence is privy to Magda and her husband’s “dirty linen”yet Magda knows very little about this woman that she allows into her home mxgda day.

Well, after reading this novel, I’ve come to think that Hungarians do have their hidden gems, just the same as we do.


Emerence had her ideas about everything. Szabo ci fa credere che tutto si svolga in un paesino: See all 5 questions about The Door….

A giver more than a taker, she always knew what really matters. Being told in first person, the POV of the writer, I was especially geared up, loving the hum and vibrations coursing through my veins by being right there.

She lives in a flat in which windows are never open. As the story progresses, her energy and tye to help becomes clear, extinguishing any doubts arising out of her bizarre behaviour. Time, as always, will tell. It was morning, again!!

She makes a choice, and for the rest of her life, she has to walk around knowing that she is a person who will make that choice and not the other. Emerence, the said help, seems to be more in charge than her supposed employers. Is it too late before an entire generation is wiped out and their stories are just mere sentences in newspaper archives?

This is a novel about the relationship between two odor Open Preview See a Problem? When she returns, Emerence feels furiously betrayed. She had a belief in animal purity “They can’t inform on us, or tell lies about us”while never questioning her way of beating animals into near-senseless submission. Emerence is uneducated, hard-working and tireless. Helen Mirren nel mafda di Kagda nel film omonimo del del regista Ivan Szabo.

The two women stay up talking through the night, and get to know each other on a much deeper level than ever before.