Magda Szabó

  • Abigaël

    Magda Szabó

    " L'auteur fait coexister la petite et la grande histoire dans ce magnifique roman d'initiation peuplé de personnages insolites et complexes [...] Une véritable pépite. "​ L'Obs
    Gina ira en pension. Son père adoré l'a décrété sans donner la moindre explication : " Ne dis au revoir à personne, amie ou connaissance. Tu ne dois pas dire que tu quittes Budapest. Promets-le-moi ! " Elle doit oublier son ancienne vie et rejoindre, dans la lointaine province, Matula, une institution calviniste très stricte, reconnue pour la qualité de son enseignement.

    Enfant gâtée, rétive aux règles, elle est vite mise en quarantaine. Seule solution pour survivre, l'évasion... qui se solde par un échec piteux. Désespérée, l'adolescente finit par confier ses malheurs à Abigaël, la statue qui se dresse au fond du jardin. Car selon l'antique tradition matulienne, Abigaël aiderait tous ceux qui le souhaitent. Et, miracle, l'ange gardien se manifeste ! Une série d'aventures rocambolesques sortent Gina du purgatoire et lui font comprendre la douloureuse décision de son père en même temps que le sens des mots honneur, solidarité et amitié.

  • Anglais The Door

    Magda Szabo

    A young writer, struggling for success, employs an elderly woman called Emerence to be her housekeeper.From their first encounter it is clear that Emerence is no ordinary maid.Although everyone in the neighbourhood knows and respects her, no one knows anything about her private life or has ever crossed her threshold. Only a great drama in the writer's life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past - a past which sheds light on her peculiar behaviour. The Door brilliantly evokes the development of the bond between these two very different women, and the tragic ending to their relationship.

  • An NYRB Classics Original Winner of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and the Prix Femina Étranger 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 Hungarys 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 Magdas housekeeper and she has taken control over Magdas 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 Magdas long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation.
    Len Rixs prizewinning translation of The Door at last makes it possible for American readers to appreciate the masterwork of a major modern European writer.

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