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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She is merely an illiterate caretaker named Emerence, but what a character she is!

Translated by Rix, Len. Additionally, we can also interpret the entire thing as a metaphor of the oppressive communist regime, which is also a rule for any book written during an oppressive communist regime. Emerence is an almost unknowable, unstoppable force, who for some reason, Magda is obsessed with understanding and gaining her trust.

Helen Mirren nel ruolo di Emerenc nel film omonimo del del regista Ivan Szabo. Read it Forward Read it first. Accoglie i randagi, cani e gatti, come sembra che facesse il cristo con i bambini e i mendicanti.

I didn’t understand Magda’s need to win over Emerence, unless it is simply the desire to unmask what was so carefully hidden. Humankind has come a long way since its beginnings and people of the future won’t be able to imagine the barbaric early days in which we fought with one another, in groups or individually, over little more than a cup of cocoa. During the course of this award winning novel, the readers experience post life in post Holocaust Hungary as well as the baggage that survivors carry with them.


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Even her nephew does not know her secrets until later. View all 3 comments. It’s a gorgeously rendered story about how two friends can love each other deeply and yet completely misunderstand each other at the most perilous moments. Magda Szabo evokes an entry into the wilderness of self inflicted avoidance and therefore exile of the self. It is thd, original, and utterly compelling.

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Or is it the other way round? Want to Read saving…. I brought Viola up for you. It’s when I have difficulty with a person that I become challenged to see with new eyes. Magda absorbs the sting in the truth of her words.


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Her real existence lies behind a locked door, and she has no intention of ever revealing it. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Finding the key to Emerence’s past becomes the reader’s quest. E poi, comunque, io mia nonna l’ho conosciuta eccome.

And all of a sudden, we see Emerence as the traumatized nine-year-old little girl hiding inside the bravado and toughness of the ageing dkor. Literary Fiction Military Fiction Category: It is psychologically brilliant and grandly heartbreaking. It felt a little pointless. The Door has one of the most powerful and intriguing characters I’ve come across until now.

Magda Szabo proves in The Door to be an astounding writer. Indeed, the silentbig-boned lady with an impenetrable face and having the persona of a Valkyrie magva Emerence was the strongest of the lot.