The Door by Magda Szabó, Len Rix (Translator)

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The Door is the story of friendship between two very different women in post-war Hungary.

Post war Hungary – two very different women forge a friendship. A writer and a housekeeper develop a complicated bond, a intricate psychological dependency of sorts – healthy and unhealthy.

The women are explored in tremendous detail. The narrator is mute but her thoughts vocally seep through the narrative as she reveals herself and her feelings and thoughts of Emerence. We are privy to the many relationships surrounding Emerence and we witness the narrator stumble upon her own success as she is somewhat removed from Emerence’s intimate circle.

The story is presented in the form of memory, reflection, therefore lacking an abundance of dialog. It is tragic, brilliant and sad. It’s a narrative requiring the reader to slowly enjoy the complex layers as they are revealed, it is slowly thoughtful and meant to be savored in this exact manner.


Hardcover, 262 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Harvill Secker (first published 1987)
ISBN13: 9781843431930

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