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The Door by Magda Szabó

The Door - Magda Szabó

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 wiki - Their most influential leader, László Rajk, who was minister of foreign affairs at the time, was arrested in May 1949. He was accused of rather surreal crimes, such as spying for Western imperialist powers and for Yugoslavia [...]At his trial in September 1949 he made a forced confession to be an agent of Miklós Horthy, Leon Trotsky, Josip Broz Tito and Western imperialism. He also admitted that he had taken part in a murder plot against Mátyás Rákosi and Ernő Gerő. Rajk was found guilty and executed. In the next three years, other leaders of the party deemed untrustworthy, like former Social Democrats or other Hungarian illegal Communists such as János Kádár, were also arrested and imprisoned on trumped-up charges.

Page 165 - 'I rejected that man as a friend because I wanted him as a husband, but don't pretend you're the child I never had.'

End line : She has no secrets, no locked doors; and if she ever did have such a door, there are no siren songs that would induce her to open it to you - or anyone.

4.5* rounded up for the Hungarian history lesson re 1949 and 1950.