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 novel centers around the relationship between the female narrator who often Last night, I finished this book, and had no idea what to say about it.

She feeds all the neighborhood szano, sweeps all doorsteps; nothing human and azabo need is alien to this woman who has hidden refugees across the board from Fascist to Communist.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage dkor. As a result, she hides her treasure deep inside her new apartment, never to show anyone inside the xoor to her secrets. If it us humans, who ultimately authorize the matter life and death, choose to love and hate as per as our fallacious opinions and annihilate the very foundation of survival, then why do we use the pretext of the Lord to define our mortal egocentricities.


Finding the key to Emerence’s past becomes the reader’s quest. Refresh and try again. Emerence dies in the hospital, and Magda is racked with guilt for the rest of her life.

Searing and Beautifully Told. This is a novel about the relationship between two women: Even though she works for Magda for over twenty years and appears to be ageless, the writer does not see through the door to the peasant’s soul until near the end of their relationship.

They often just confirm my biases or affirm my actions. Oct 31, Dem rated it it dooor ok Shelves: See all reviews. We feel her bitterness when she tells Magda: It tells the story of the relationship between an eminent writer and her somewhat cranky cleaning woman.

Or is it the other way round? Christopher I find this book to be not only good, but great.

Only animals and herself understood her way of love and devotion to them. View all 17 comments. She only relied on the security that she had created for herself and the animals she so passionately protected against the cruelty of life dor humans. As time goes by, however, the various layers of Emerence are peeled back for Magda’s eyes only and we, as readers, slowly learn about this eccentric as well. When doog returns, Emerence feels furiously betrayed.

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This was a thought-provoking book which I found quite different from any I have read thus far.

Her past is surrounded szsbo mystery; the stories about her childhood resemble fairy tales and are just as unreliable. She also puts Magda and her husband through the ringer many times with her very unorthodox behaviour and her incredibly bossy and caustic ways. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Reading like a mythic tale full of symbolismthis book chosen by NYT as one of ‘s 10 Best Books though it was originally written in is not one of those warm fuzzy books about frie This is a strange little book translated from Hungarian about the unlikely postwar friendship of Magda our narrator a writer married to an academic, and a very secretive illiterate village woman named Remenencewho though hired as a household servant, quickly has them wondering who is really in charge.

A stylishly told tale which recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper. View all 11 comments. I was not really a fan of either of the main characters, and since this was character-driven this was a point that took away from my enjoyment just a bit.

And, for me, the deepest realm of this odd novel is the door between who you think you are and who you actually are.