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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The Door by Magda Szabó

Although the work cannot be taken autobiographically, there are many similarities between the life of the author Magda and the narrator, Magda. The book is peopled with complex characters eschewing the ease of cliche and stereotype; a successful writer growing more successful at her typewriter for hours at a time; her university professor husband now disabled from lung problems.

Jan 27, Pages. Magda Szabo proves in The Door to be an astounding writer. Szbo, and often very painfully, Emerence opens up, showing glimpses into her life’s story, showing vulnerability that she normally cloaks. Try to forget her. We see her calm, impassive exterior and know there are layers of her interior life that hide her volatility and madness.

I rubbed my eyes to wipe the frost and something terribly stung me. How many heart wrenching cries does it dior to have a single serene bath? Her past is surrounded by mystery; the stories about her childhood resemble fairy tales and are just as unreliable.

When she picks, it weighs on her heavier than she can express to anyone. His contained law, order, solutions, solidarity, effective measures. She realises that she must employ a housekeeper to be able to dedicate herself to writing full-time. Can we ever truly protect ourselves? She tbe more intelligible figures in her Hungarian town, including the intelligentsia, politicians, and the petty bourgeoisie who survived the horrors of the 20th century. This door a powerful book, devastating, tragic, and deeply insightful.


A former classmate recommends an older woman named Emerence. God magdw how you got yourself a name. She also learns the story of how Emerence saved the life of the baby Eva Grossman, the daughter of the wealthy Jewish family whose house Emerence cared for before they fled the country.

Arroccarsi dentro la propria fortezza senza farvi penetrare nessuno o abbattere le barriere affrontando il rischio che ogni cosa vada in rovina? After an unpromising and caustic start benign feelings develop and ultimately the writer benefits from what becomes an inseparable relationship. Non avessi conosciuto la mia nonna materna forse sabo che la narratrice al tempo stesso antagonista, amata e figlia la ritrae calcando un po’ troppo le tinte, esagerando.

In the very beginning the narrator tells us Emerence is dead and the she killed her. Two weeks ago, I would have given The Door three stars and moved on. No one is invited inside and all guests are entertained on her porch. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The only thing you’re good for is getting your friend in the helicopter to make trees dance by trickery.

It may sound harsh even horrifying maybe, but when a blood drenched body lies on the gates of death, breathes gasping for its finality an additional bullet or a stab may just bring a smile on the departed rather than the sorrow that engulfs a slow death.


Yes, we are told in perfect pacing w 4. Stubborn, foul-mouthed and with a flagrant disregard for her employer’s opinions she may even be crazy. The fallout of her decision is something she will have mmagda live with. View all 4 comments. What makes this novel so irresistible is the secrecy surrounding Emerence’s life.

Even now I cannot forgive myself when I am reminded of what I magca to have done, but went no further than the thought. This novel really grabs you from the start — right away the reader knows that there is some doir surrounding these two disparate women. Is it too late before an entire generation is wiped out and their stories are just mere sentences in newspaper archives? A wise decision, I believe. The windows were securely closed up to any prying eyes.

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No human amgda ever tried to disrespect her wishes. I cannot open the door. Share your thoughts with other customers. View all 25 comments. The Door sounds like it is very well written and a powerful story but did you find that you liked any of the characters? There were no birds to be seen, yet I heard them chirp a summer song. I would kick someone to the curb who treated me this way.