The novel concerns the developing relationship between a young Hungarian writer and her house cleaner, and is partly autobiographical.
The Door by Magda Szabo
Monday, November 20 @ 7pm, Rm 202
Published in 1987, Translation published in 2015 (one of NY Times 10 Best Books of 2015). A writer’s intense relationship with her servant – an older woman who veers from aloof indifference to inexplicable generosity to fervent, implacable rage – teaches her more about people and the world than her long days spent alone, in front of her typewriter. With a mix of dark humor and an almost uncanny sense of the absurd, Szabo traces the treacherous course of a country’s history, and the tragic course of a life.