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Pilátus ✍ Pilátus pdf ✎ Author Magda Szabó – Buyprobolan50.co.uk When Ettie's husband dies her daughter Iza insists that her mother give up the family house in the countryside and move to Budapest Displaced from her community and her home Ettie tries to find her pl When Ettie's husband dies her daughter Iza insists that her mother give up the family house in the countryside and move to Budapest Displaced from her community and her home Ettie tries to find her place in this new life but can't seem to get it right She irritates the maid hangs food outside the window because she mistrusts the fridge and in her naivety and loneliness invites a prostitute in for tea Iza’s Ballad is the story of a woman who loses her life’s companion and a mother trying to get close to a daughter whom she has never truly known It is about the meeting of the old fashioned and the modern worlds and the beliefs we construct over a lifetime.


10 thoughts on “Pilátus

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Read Szabo's The Door and was blown away wanted to read by this fantastic author but couldn't find any other translated works here in the states Then I saw this one comes out soon and started reading and once again this author reached inside and captured me totally She seems to have such an understanding of all the messy inside things memories and habits misunderstandings and experiences that make us human Ettie and Vince has been married for fifty years when he dies They had lived in the rural area for many years lived simply not ever showing they had than their neighbors every item in their house had meaning and suddenly it is gone They only had one daughter Iza who became a doctor and often she visited providing for her parents in their elderly years Suddenly it is all gone Iza decides to take her mother and live with her in her apartment in Budapest from rural to city nothing familiar nothing the same A mother who never really understood her daughter and the past against the present old versus new and memories meaningful things How does one survive when everything one cherished is gone? Szabo put together a multiple faceted story we learn about some of the characters from other characters conversations and again memories A simple but powerful story Another winner for me from this author ARC from publisher


  2. JimZ JimZ says:

    This is the third piece of fiction I have read by Magda Szabo She is amazing Five stars I will regret when I have run out of books by her to read I have read “The Door” 1987 and “Abigail” 1970 tr 2019 issued by NYRB 2020 Loved both of them “Iza’s Ballad” was written in 1963 and translated by George Szirtes in 2014 I believe the publication date for the NYRB edition was 2016 This edition has a nice introduction by the translatorI had started this on a Thursday and had read about 100 pages and figured yesterday I would read another 100 pages and finish up today Not to be I could not stop last night — I had to find out what words Vince Iza’s father had spoken on his deathbed to Lidia a nurse in the hospital Because I thought it would tie up some important loose endsand they did But I’m not going to tell you 😊 Iza was the daughter of Vince and Ettie Vince and Ettie’s first born Endrus had died as a young boy The setting is Hungary in the early 1960s Iza is a successful physician divorced 7 years ago from Antal they had been married apparently happily for 4 years They used to live in the small home of her mother and father Why Antal divorced Iza is a mystery at the outset of the book and initially doesn’t seem important but then as one reads on it does Iza now has a boyfriend Domokos When Vince Iza’s father dies she takes Ettie her mother to lza to Budapest to live with her Iza has a maid Terez And that covers the main protagonists of the novelI took 1 ½ pages of notes as I was reading along I really hate to go into any detail about this book It was just wonderful to read this book without any knowledge than what was given on the back of the book and I imagine this website page for “Iza’s Ballad” has a brief synopsis To explain who Iza is her personality and who her mother is her personality who Antal isI think there was a reason why I finished this book in two sittings and it was the fact that I learned about these characters only from what Szabo and the translator Szirtes told me And I wanted to learn and and hence why I couldn’t put the book down yesterdayMaybe just a couple of observations This book centered on the relationship between Iza and those around her the other protagonists and chiefly her mother It is interesting how the mother is referred to in the novel by Szabo She is referred to as “the old woman” I would have to guess because that is what Ettie felt like throughout much of the novel She is sometimes referred to as “Ettie” and only once as far as I can tell in the book by her full first name — Etel What a wonderful writer Szabo is This was a 328 page book With most books of this length I could say that at some times the book might have lagged in some parts Not this book Here is one snippetmy note was simply “so sad” and this is what Szabo wrote when the old woman is looking at the gravestone she had carved for her husband “Iza Iza again The comfortless truth of her words Iza with her cigarette as she waved her hands about in the dusk ‘Forget the headstone mama just get the grave dug and forget memorial stones What do you want one for? A wooden memorial is like him less loud modest’ But the old woman wanted to do something special for Vince and had spent a fortune on the black marble she was now sadly contemplating When she was a young girl she had had angels carved for Endrus’s headstone light and charming figures and for years — and for decades after — she felt they were like playmates to this tiny boy At night when the body was not subject to the normal laws of decay she imagined the stone angels playing with Endrus all flying together Now that she was seventy six looking at the new headstone she knew the dead really die and there was nothing you could give them by way of commiseration no sadness no love”Reviews Jim Don’t read this until after you read the noveltoo many spoilers Jim Don’t read this until after you read the noveltoo many spoilers


  3. Tony Tony says:

    It is a wonderful thing to discover in my dotage a writer I previously didn't know It's always been that way of course Salinger at 15 Steinbeck at 16 Kafka Hesse Solzhenitsyn when it mattered most Murakami and Mitchell when it didn't matter at all Much later Colum McCann; Vargas Llosa and Marias; Bolano and Gass In their own way Barnes and TrevorWriters who once you read them you have to read every wordI was 30 pages into Magda Szabó's The Door when I ordered Iza's Ballad the only other work of Szabó's translated into English Such was her purchaseEveryone is nice well intentioned in this novel Ettie's husband Vince is dying of cancer Their daughter Iza a doctor comes from Budapest to take control of things It's what she does Everyone in this novel in all Szabó's novels are good people They mean well This is a story of the wreck of good intentionsWhen Vince dies Iza swoops Ettie up and takes her to Budapest She'll get a new wardrobe a housekeeper will take care of cooking and cleaning Ettie soon feels uselessYes it's minimalist Or seemingly so And it drags a bit Yet six characters are fully formedFor me it was like a wonderful European film Take the early scene when Vince has died Iza brings Ettie home then repairs to the kitchen to make tea When she re enters the room where her mother is she sees that Ettie has stopped the clock at 430; she has turned off the main light and turned on the small one instead; and she covered the mirror with the knitted berliner shawl Iza's mouth twitched but she didn't say anything She waited for the old woman to drink her tea then snatched the shawl from the mirror and put it around her mother instead She opened the cover of the clock face moved the hands to the right time and set the thing goingYou should let Grandma make her cabbage soup If Grandpa has 4000 books ask him what he's reading Because if you don't feel at all of use you grab your oldest coat an unseemly bag and you go walking into the fog Like that movie An editorial commentIn so much of modern literature male characters are unredeemable dicks I mean take Margaret Atwood an exceptional writer who can not write a sympathetic male unless he's gay There are three male characters in this novel Vince Antal and Domokos They're imperfect But each of them tries so hardI just love how Szabó takes us as we are I'm not that bad I'm not that bad I'm not that


  4. Mary Mary says:

    Exuisite Deeply lonely and hit me hard Too close to home


  5. Hugh Hugh says:

    This seems to be only the third of the late Magda Szabó's books to appear in English translation It was published in Hungary in 1963 and like The Door it is a story of generational differences but this time the key relationship is between Ettie an old country woman and her daughter Iza a city doctor When Ettie's husband Vince dies Iza arranges for Ettie to move from her old fashioned house in a rural town into her modern flat in the capital Pest What follows is tragic moving and beautifully written Ettie is unable to adjust or find any purpose to her new life having spent her whole life supporting a husband with physical work she finds herself redundant in Iza's tightly controlled world and seems to upset Iza with everything she tries to do The central theme is that love alone does not prevent people even close family from hurting one another deeply and failing to comprehend one another's needs and aspirations Another theme is the contrast between the old fashioned rural Hungary and the modern city there is also uite a lot of history and there is a subplot involving Iza's ex husband Antal who was Vince's doctor and has bought and moved into the old couple's house This is a melancholy book but a hauntingly memorable and deeply moving one and if anything else Szabó wrote is as good as this and The Door their translation into English is long overdue


  6. Laysee Laysee says:

    Iza's Ballad is the only other novel by Hungarian novelist Magda Szabó that has been translated into English As in The Door Szabó explores the spaces between people as much as their need for closeness In both she communicates the destructive potential of love with startling lucidity In this novel Szabó sensitively describes the complex relationship between a mother and daughterIza is a respected doctor in Pest dedicated to her vocation and deeply loved by her parents who are proud of but also cowered by her brilliance and independence She is married to a fellow doctor Antal but he soon divorced her for reasons that are gradually unraveled When her magistrate father Vince died Iza brings her 76 year old mother Ettie to live with her in the city Although Iza has the best of intentions Ettis sorely misses her life in the country and has tremendous difficulty adjusting to life in a modern city To her Every flight was a form of blasphemy unnatural terrifying She refuses to use even a bread toaster Ettie is rarely called by her name in the novel She is referred to as the ‘old woman’ ostensibly to underline the poor fit between her frugal way of life and that of her pragmatic daughter Living under the same roof they try to accommodate each other but the distance between them keeps widening to an alarming and irredeemable degree The strength of this story lies in Szabó’s ability to engage the reader’s sympathies toward both women I felt sorry for the mother – her sense of dislocation grief over her loss of a spouse and the simple life she knew desire for her daughter’s presence and fear of being a burden At the same time I understood Iza’s need for her own space the melancholy freedom of being alone and her struggle to spend time with her mother given the challenges of her job Iza's guilt is understandable but so is Ettie’s loneliness On a personal level I have found this novel difficult to read There is an intensity between the mother daughter relationship that is both familiar and alienating To me what is most unsettling is the revelation that one can do what is right and still get it wrong Solicitude borne of duty and love may not bring people closer to those they love I have now read two of Szabó’s novels They share that finely tuned sensibility that sifts the dross from the precious that resides in the best of us I prefer The Door but Iza's Ballad is well worth reading too


  7. Teresa Teresa says:

    When the patriarch or matriarch of a family dies leaving their spouse behind family dynamics change Sometimes things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Thank you Yeats I imagine the shift is even dramatic with a close knit family unit of only three the one child having to renegotiate her relationship and life with the surviving parent Iza the adult child is emotionally different from her parents and acts upon her belief that she knows best All her life she’s been adored by parents who believe she can do no wrong that if they’re bewildered by her it’s their fault not the fault of their accomplished daughter The several characters are well drawn including Iza’s boyfriend a writer who’s perhaps a stand in for Szabo He and Iza’s ex husband Antal are revealers of Iza’s personality a separate view from her parents’Sections of this work are lovely The depiction of Antal’s thoughts near the end feels clunky; otherwise his characterization including his backstory is strong Known mostly as “the old woman” throughout the narration Iza’s mother Ettie short for Etel is sweet unconfident and selfless I was reminded of my grandmother who always spoke of herself in the third person not in a “royal” way but as a humble labeling of her roles as if that’s the only way she could be defined Unlike Ettie my grandmother had than one child and several grandchildren and great grandchildren to pour her love on not to mention her Catholic faith which meant to her than anything But what happens when every physical need of an elderly parent is taken care of much than she desires and she no longer feels useful when that had been her whole life prior? The original title of this book is Pilátus a meaning that becomes clear and is perhaps a better title for the workThe saddest parts of the story are the assumptions made by characters about others’ motives including those outside the family unit such as the nurse These assumptions are usually driven by hurt feelings sometimes by gossip as depicted in a neighbor and are generally unspoken This theme of silence works because it feels organic and is not forced to fit the storyline As the truths behind the silences are gradually revealed to the reader this story feels like real life


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    Extremely emotional read for me


  9. Ray Ray says:

    An old man dies and his widow goes to live with their only child a daughter living far away in the capital The old lady feels like a fish out of water in the metropolis in some ways she feels like she has regressed from being in control of her life to being dependent She feels and like a burden to her cosmopolitan doctor daughterThis is a very rich and multi layered book highlighting with laser focus the bonds that bind the petty irritations at those close to us and the deep seam of belonging to place and kin It sets out how one persons intended kindness can in reality be an imposition on the recipient how helping can be seen as meddling or interfering and how we can never really understand even those we love In that sense we are all totally aloneSad and deep this is a powerful book


  10. Alta Alta says:

    Magda Szabo is one of the rare writers who can keep a reader glued to a 330 page novel about he most banal people you can imagine who are just dealing with daily life in a small Hungarian town A masterpiece My thanks to the translator


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