Iza's Ballad - Magda Szabo

Staff Pick

After Vince’s death, his wife and daughter struggle to support each other in this heartbreaking novel by Magda Szabo. When Iza, a well-established physician, moves her mother Ettie from her dilapidated village home into a Budapest apartment, she inadvertently strips her mother’s life of context and meaning. Ettie in turn attempts to pamper Iza in the old maternal ways, but only ends up irritating her. This novel has all the psychological complexity of Szabo’s award-winner, The Door.

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By Magda Szabo, George Szirtes (Introduction by), George Szirtes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681370347
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - October 18th, 2016

Requiem - Frances Itani

Staff Pick

After the death of his wife, Bin Okuma returns to British Columbia where he spent his childhood in a World War II internment camp. Frances Itani captures the rage and heartache of Japanese Canadians during this period, as well as the unspoken feelings that continue to flow beneath the surface. Why is Itani, an award winner writer in her native Canada, not more widely read? Perhaps because the strength of this novel lies in its quiet dignity.

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ISBN: 9780802121233
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Published: Grove Press - August 6th, 2013

The Door - Madga Szabo

Staff Pick

She won’t wash just anyone’s dirty linen. When Magda hires Emerence as a housekeeper she is put on notice. Emerence is of peasant stock—immaculate, tireless, strong as an ox. Magda is a writer married to an academic and dedicated to the life of the mind. The fierce loyalty that grows between them is matched only by their deep incompatibility. You have never met a character like Emerence in your life, and I promise you’ll never forget her.

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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015