The Door by Magda Szabó audiobook

The Door

By Magda Szabó
Translated by Len Rix
Read by Sian Thomas

Naxos

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094015743

  • ISBN: 9781094015736

  • ISBN: 9781094015750

Runtime: 9.21 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Intense, brilliant and moving, The Door is a compelling story about the relationship between two women of opposing backgrounds and personalities: one, an intellectual and writer; the other, her housekeeper, a mysterious, elderly woman who sets her own rules and abjures religion, education, pretense and any kind of authority. Beneath this hardened exterior of Emerence lies a painful story that must be concealed.

One of Hungary’s best-known writers, Magda Szabó here explores themes of love, loyalty, pride and privacy, and the barriers and secrets that govern them.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A Hungarian novel with the elemental force of a myth…Class dynamics, female friendship, the power of will—Szabo writes about them all with eerie fascination.” New York Times Book Review
“A valuable document of a vital relationship.” Guardian (London)
"Tells a great deal about the sufferings of twentieth-century Hungary through the heart and mind of a single fearless woman…Len Rix’s fluent translation is a belated and welcome gift to readers in English.” Independent (London)
“Siân Thomas narrates this audiobook with a zest and a reverence that suit the content beautifully…Thomas is a precise narrator, and the crisp edges of her consonants add an exotic twist to the listening. Her pacing is spot-on, although the story itself does have slow moments. That said, many listeners will be intrigued as the characters share more of themselves with each chapter.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Magda Szabó

Author Bio: Magda Szabó

Magda Szabo (1917–2007) was born into an old Protestant family in Debrecen, Hungary, in the midst of the great Hungarian plain. Szabo, whose father taught her to converse with him in Latin, German, English, and French, attended the University of Debrecen, studying Latin and Hungarian, and went on to work as a teacher throughout the German and Soviet occupations of Hungary in 1944 and 1945. In 1947, she published two volumes of poetry, Barany (The Lamb), and Vissza az emberig (Return to Man), for which she received the Baumgartner Prize in 1949. Under Communist rule, this early critical success became a liability, and Szabo turned to writing fiction: her first novel, Fresko (Fresco), came out in 1958, followed closely by Az oz (The Fawn). In 1959 she won the Jozsef Attila Prize, after which she went on to write many more novels, among them Katalin utca (Katalin Street, 1969), Okut (The Ancient Well, 1970), Regimodi tortenet (An Old-Fashioned Tale, 1971), and Az ajto (The Door, 1987). Szabo also wrote verse for children, plays, short stories, and nonfiction, including a tribute to her husband, Tibor Szobotka, a writer and translator of Tolkien and Galsworthy who died in 1982. A member of the European Academy of Sciences and a warden of the Calvinist Theological Seminary in Debrecen, Magda Szabo died in the town in which she was born, a book in her hand. In 2017 NYRB Classics will publish Iza s Ballad (1963).

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English