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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Labours of love
Emerence th a peasant, illiterate, impassive, abrupt, seemingly ageless. She lives alone in a house that no one else may enter, not even her closest relatives.
And Emerence, in her way, has come to depend on Magda. It has altered the way I understand my own life.
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Class dynamics, female friendship, the power of will — Szabo writes about them all with eerie fascination. She constructs the narrative around a deeply authentic friendship while leaving unresolved the main idea: How will you conduct mavda in your quest to be an authentic writer, and what are the costs to the people who care for you?
I picked it up without expectation. I read it with gathering intensity, and a swelling admiration.
I finished it, and straightaway started to read it again. It is unusual, original, and utterly compelling.
Her dexterous, self-ironizing distance the autobiographical elements are obviousthe detached gestures with which the narrator interrupts dooor, the muted fury that erupts in overlong or half-sentences, and a certain moral seriousness and ethical anguish also impregnate this gem of a novel. Ultimately, the text is a tranquil memento, a piece of irrefutable poetry, a bizarre counterpart to our universal betrayal—out of love.
There is a great deal here to move anyone who has watched or matda the sufferings of age. Literary Fiction Military Fiction Category: Literary Fiction Military Fiction. Also by Magda Szabo.
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