The Door (novel)

The Door
Author Magda Szabó
Original title Az ajtó
Translator Stefan Draughon
Len Rix
Country Hungary
Language Hungarian
Genre Novel
Publisher East European Monographs/Harvill Secker
Publication date
15 February 1995 / 20 October 2005
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 272 pp
ISBN 0-88033-304-9 (USA)
ISBN 1-84343-193-9 (UK)
OCLC 32332728
LC Class PH3351.S592 A7413 1994

The Door is a novel by Hungarian writer Magda Szabó (1917–2007). The novel concerns the developing relationship between a young Hungarian writer and her housecleaner, and is partly autobiographical.

The Door was originally published in Hungary in 1987, and translated into English in 1995 by Stefan Draughon for American publication, and again in 2005 by Len Rix for British publication. Rix's translation won the 2006 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Rix's translation was republished in 2015 by New York Review Books Classics. [1]

A film based on the novel, directed by István Szabó, was released in March 2012.[2]


A childless woman writer, Magda, hires an older housekeeper, Emerence, who behaves oddly, but eventually they develop a kind of friendship.[3]


  1. Messud, Claire (6 February 2015). "'The Door,' by Magda Szabo". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  2. Szabó, István (8 March 2012), The Door, retrieved 3 March 2016
  3. "Magda SZABÓ". Hungarian Literature. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

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