The Door

by Magda Szabo

Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Tags: Female author

The Door

One of The New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2015" An NYRB Classics Original The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women. Magda is a writer, educated, married to an academic, public-spirited, with an on-again-off-again relationship to Hungary’s Communist authorities. Emerence is a peasant, illiterate, impassive, abrupt, seemingly ageless. She lives alone in a house that no one else may enter, not even her closest relatives. She is Magda’s housekeeper and she has taken control over Magda’s household, becoming indispensable to her. And Emerence, in her way, has come to depend on Magda. They share a kind of love—at least until Magda’s long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation. Len Rix’s prizewinning translation of The Door at last makes it possible for American readers to appreciate the masterwork of a major modern European writer.


Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Kathryn
(6 years ago)
31 Jan, 2018
Absolutely beautiful book about the family we find.
Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Jacquelyn
(2 weeks ago)
30 Jun, 2024
I really enjoyed this book. The story of the relationship between a woman and her housekeeper, who exerts an interesting sort of psychological control. Themes of friendship, class, human connection, betrayal. The writing is gorgeous and the translation excellent - I'd've assumed it was written in English if I didn't know better. It was a page-turner for me, a "just one more chapter before I go to sleep" book.

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