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A cult coming-of-age novel by the multi-award winning author of THE DOOR.

Gina is a general's daughter, a young cosseted girl living in Budapest, free to go out into the city and have fun. When her father sends her to Debrecen in the east of Hungary to a strict girls' boarding school, she is desperate. All her belongings are taken away on arrival and she is forbidden from openly communicating with her family and friends back home. Little by little she is initiated into the strange traditions upheld by the boarders, such as confiding their troubles in a statue at the bottom of the garden they all call "Abigail", or making up for the absence of boys by marrying certain objects.

But Gina rebels and reveals one of these well-kept secrets to the adult, thus becoming a bete noire among the boarders. She has no choice but to ask the help of the mysterious "Abigail". But who is this mystifying friend - woman or man - who wishes her well?

Translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 138 x 210mm
  • MacLehose Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0857058487
  • 9780857058485

About Magda Szabo

Magda Szabo was born in Debrecen, eastern Hungary, in 1917, and began her working life as a teacher. From 1949 onwards her work was banned, but she burst onto the literary scene in 1958 with the publication of Fresco and The Dawn. Katalin Street was published in 1969 and Abigail in 1970. In 1987, publication of The Door brought her international recognition and was the winner of the Prix Femina and the Mondello Prize. She died in 2007. In 2016 The Door was chosen as Best Book of the Year by the New York Times.
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