** The Door by Magda Szabo


The Door is the story of two some, one an educated writer and the other her illiterate housekeeper with a mysterious past, house, and life. First the housekeeper makes herself indispensable to the writer and her husband, who both seem unable to accomplish any practical tasks, and then she starts controlling her, with bizarre and eventually deadly results. It’s all beautifully written and analyzed — and also slow-going and overly bizarre to my taste.

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