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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 5th 2006
Pages no: 262
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Hungarian Literature
I found the atmosphere of this novel to be full of darkness and despair. The friendship between two woman, one an up and coming author, the other an older woman revered on the street. Emerence is a character I will not soon forget, a woman who has seen much, sheltered unbiasedly different people th...
Now for the film. IMDB blurb: First of all this is a Hungarian made film and using Hungarian actors with the exception of Britains Helen Mirren - and it is entirely in English. <
bookshelves: published-1987, translation, one-penny-wonder, hungary, paper-read, spring-2011, dog-steals-the-show, bedside, historical-fiction Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Spotted 4* result on Libbeth's profile Read from May 08 to 13, 2011 Translated by Len Rix. First line: I seldom dream.from w...
Magda Szabó lauded as Hungary's foremost female writer was renowned in Western Europe for her powerful prose and memorable heroines. She won France's Prix Femina Étranger for The Door in 2003; it is considered her most notable achievement. Written in 1987, the Door tells the story of the strange and...
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