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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This is not a happy little story but it is a thought provoking one, a book that will not be easily forgotten.

Emerence agrees to come work for her on her own terms, but she will not, she informs Magda, just be a person to “wash the dirty linen” of whoever is willing to hire her.

No one has been allowed into her flat.

When the writer adopts a dog, Emerence becomes its true master, which adds more fuel to their existing jealousy. But this one demanded to be read slowly, not only to savor the language, but to get inside the mind and heart of Emerence, which proved impossible in the end.

No person is an island, although life forced Emerence to create her own hide-away since she was a young girl of nine-years-old. The Door by Magda Szabo is a fictionalized autobiography of the author’s relationship with her octogenarian housekeeper named Emerence Szerebas. Davide Grazie del consiglio! Tue the course of this award winning novel, the readers experience post life in post Holocau The Door by Magda Szabo is a fictionalized autobiography of the author’s relationship with her magxa housekeeper named Emerence Szerebas.

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The Door by Magda Szabó

Jan 02, Margitte rated it really liked it Shelves: Nobody tells her what to do; she tells others what to do. This was szzabo worthwhile story for its unusual heroine, one I would remember for quite some time. Especially one they call a friend. This book certainly deserves the said gesture.

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Despite this one reservation and my wish that I knew more, this is the kind of novel I love, one that has me testing my own boundaries. I’m so magsa this was made available to English readers. Read reviews that mention beautifully written magda szabo well written thought provoking main characters old woman main character relationship between two women character study len rix best books human nature takes place book club older woman translated into english dog named viola viola the dog long time different women.

Emerence develops so much trust for Magda that she allows her inside her house, an honour she has bestowed on nobody else in decades, not even her three best friends or her own nephew.

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 housekeeper.

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But is everything just as simple as that? Even doctors were not to be trusted and God only understood her take on trust, religion and all things human. She railed against God and religion, hated any type of authority, made fun of any type of art or culture, refused to accept any help to improve her lot in life, preferring wzabo remain a person who worked with her hands.

We were both wrong: Since her unemployed husband was also stigmatized by the communist regime, she was forced to teach in an elementary school during this period. 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-the intellectual,the writer; and Emerence-her mysterious housekeeper, the relentless worker.

To ask other readers questions about The Doorplease sign up. By the time Emerence goes to work for Magda and her husband, nine rescued cats are her only companions and she cares for them as others would care for babies. This is a novel about the relationship between two women: What kind of a flower was Emerence? Indeed, it would be impossible not to read the growing intimacy between Magda and Emerence without reading the characters as embodiments of the Hungarian class system.

She lived alone with her secrets, and never allowed anyone through her door. While she appeared to be non-judgmental and magnanimous in her treatment of humanity at large, I found her to be just the opposite with those that were the closest to her, including both Magda and even the dog, Viola.

Over the next several years, Magda and Emerence become increasingly close, and start to depend on each other more than either of them could have anticipated. But not even then will it be possible to soften the fate of a woman for whom no-one has made a place in their life. The Magda of the novel says: Things stalled towards the end though.

Magda Szabo really makes the reader work hard with this book and I for one found the characters and the story unconvincing The Door is a novel by Hungarian writer Magda Szabo.