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Katalin Street

(1969)
A novel by

 
 
FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

From the author of The Door, selected as one of the New York Times "10 Best Books of 2015," this is a heartwrenching tale about a group of friends and lovers torn apart by the German occupation of Budapest during World War II.


In prewar Budapest three families live side by side on gracious Katalin Street, their lives closely intertwined. A game is played by the four children in which Balint, the promising son of the Major, invariably chooses Iren Elekes, the headmaster's dutiful elder daughter, over her younger sister, the scatterbrained Blanka, and little Henriette Held, the daughter of the Jewish dentist.

Their lives are torn apart in 1944 by the German occupation, which only the Elekes family survives intact. The postwar regime relocates them to a cramped Soviet-style apartment and they struggle to come to terms with social and political change, personal loss, and unstated feelings of guilt over the deportation of the Held parents and the death of little Henriette, who had been left in their protection. But the girl survives in a miasmal afterlife, and reappears at key moments as a mute witness to the inescapable power of past events.

As in The Door and Iza's Ballad, Magda Szabo conducts a clear-eyed investigation into the ways in which we inflict suffering on those we love. Katalin Street, which won the 2007 Prix Cevennes for Best European novel, is a poignant, somber, at times harrowing book, but beautifully conceived and truly unforgettable.

Genre: Historical

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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Katalin Street: WINNER of the 2018 PEN Translation Prize
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 0-85705-845-2 / 978-0-85705-845-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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September 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Katalin Street (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-68137-152-9 / 978-1-68137-152-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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August 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Katalin Street
Author(s): M Szabo
ISBN: 0-9753864-4-1 / 978-0-9753864-4-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: CCC Press
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January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Katalin Street: WINNER of the 2018 PEN Translation Prize
Author(s): Magda Szabo
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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September 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Katalin Street (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Magda Szabo
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA