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Katalin Street: Magda Szabo

“In my dreams I call out to them, but they keep on walking, until finally they disappear from sight.” 

Magda Szabo’s wonderful novel, moves from 1934 to 1968 as it follows the fate of three neighbouring Hungarian families who live in  826 more words


Passages: From Love in a Bottle, by Antal Szerb

“Do you love me?” I asked doubtfully, and stupidly.

She burst out laughing — with the same unfathomable drunken laughter that had so charmed me earlier. 126 more words

The Door by Magda Szabó

Title: The Door
Author: Magda Szabó
Translated by: Len Rix
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Year of Publication: 1987 / trans. 2006


Magda, a busy young writer living in Budapest, employs the elderly Emerence to be her housekeeper. 904 more words


Passages: From The Pendragon Legend, by Antal Szerb

“Your way of life isn’t compatible with premeditated murder. I don’t think you’d even pick a flower, you have such a horror of any form of violence. 434 more words

Anna Szabó

Fog everywhere: anxiety was a tight
cold sleepless night;
that’s my life I thought and felt it glide
swiftly away but I wasn’t part of the ride; 31 more words


József Tornai

  I’ll write my arm out in stars,
my legs in blood-boltered ash trees, so that words
          may be transmogrified into all my organs
                              one after another… 48 more words


Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb

Another book in translation! This was recommended by a co-worker and wow, what a recommendation. Written in 1937 but not translated into English until 1994, this compelling, strange and beautiful novel deserves a much wider audience. 188 more words