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From the award-winning author of "The Door" comes "Katalin Street," first published in Hungarian in 1968 and translated into French, German, and Swedish. This elegant English translation by Agnes Farkas Smith now makes "Katalin Street" available to an even wider audience.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 5th 2005 by Kids 4 Kids Press (first published 1969)
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Donatella Principi
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ungheresi
Recensione @ Chibiistheway
Devo riordinare un po' i miei pensieri al riguardo perché questo libro mi ha stravolta.
Ilaria
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Lo spazio era diviso in luoghi, il tempo in momenti, gli eventi in episodi, e gli abitanti di Via Katalin avevano infine capito che nelle loro intere vite soltanto un paio di luoghi, un paio di momenti e alcuni episodi contavano davvero. Il resto era stato un semplice riempitivo nelle loro fragili esistenze, come i trucioli che si versano nelle casse prima di un lungo viaggio per impedire al contenuto di rompersi."

Via Katalin è il primo libro che leggo di Magda Szabò, una tra le autrice unghere
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Patrizia
Via Katalin non è solo un luogo della memoria, appartenente a un periodo felice. È il luogo da cui tutto parte e a cui si ritorna con la mente quando si ha nostalgia di casa. Vita e morte, vivi e morti vi coesistono con la massima naturalezza, perché è una via senza tempo, un istante simile a quell'ora del giorno in cui convivono luce e buio e tutto sembra ancora possibile, perfino il futuro già scritto, e il passato non ha peso.
"La fine della giovinezza è terribile non tanto perché sottrae qual
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Rick K.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2012
Flashes of brilliance, but didn't come close to the polish of The Door. I had no idea what was going on for the first few chapters. My favorite parts were similar themes as other works, like how sometimes your greatest crimes are just thoughts, or the many different forms of how love can be expressed in a relationship. The depiction of nostalgia here is achingly familiar for anyone that has ever yearned for a time or place without being able to state what made it feel so right or natural.

Marilyn
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María Paula
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vivir anclado al pasado, alimentarse de recuerdos y deseos insatisfechos, resignarse a lo que no pudo ser y arrastrar a otros en el proceso. Nostalgia, dolor...vivos y muertos que se aferran a un mundo hecho de retazos de la memoria.
Un libro lindísimo y conmovedor.
Mariantonietta
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
le anime e i desideri dei bambini sorvolano la dura e cruda realtà
Mainlinebooker
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
When I heard that the English translation of Szabo's 1968 Hungarian novel was to be translated in English I couldn't wait for a chance to read it. Having read The Door, which I fell in love with, I was looking forward to blasts of brilliance. Katalin Street had the promise but the style and structure fell short for me.The list of characters introduced in the beginning was confusing as one couldn't figure out the relationship between them. A ghost like creature was interjected as well but I could ...more
Hanneke Römelingh
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the book. Las het voor de tweede keer. Wist dat het me bevallen was, maar niet meer waarom. De eerste drie hoofdstukken zeiden me niets. Eigenlijk zouden die aan het eind hebben moeten staan. Maar de schrijfster koos voor deze indeling. Het eigenlijke verhaal daarna vind ik prachtig doordat de verschillends personen zo duidelijk en levensecht uit de verf komen en ook hun onderlinge verbondenheid. Hoe ook de tijd er bij hen "op in hakt" en de tragiek toeslaat. Hoe de schrijfster tipjes va ...more
julieta
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europa, eslavófila
Le tiré un par de estrellas por el principio y por el final. Sin esas dos partes quizás me habría dejado otra sensación, la historia es muy triste, tres casas vecinas de amigos que se conocen de toda la vida, el atravesar la guerra, y lo que queda después. Es muy bueno el juego del paso del tiempo en los retratos que hace, pero de repente se le pasa la mano y no se entiende muy bien en donde estás.

Ya he dicho antes que los sueños no me gustan para nada como parte de una historia, me choca ese r
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Terry Pearce
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
For me, this book could have been a classic. The main thrust of the story is simple and sad and beautiful. But the way she messes with timeframes and ghosts around the edges of it detracts and confuses. I'm not saying the ghosts and time-jumping couldn't have been made to add to the basic story, but the way they've been done doesn't. I was actually about to give up about 10-15% of the way in because I had no idea what was going on or who half the people were. I'm really glad I didn't, because on ...more
Mady
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a trip from innocence to guilt, from childhood to adulthood. Here we have episodes and incidents in Katalin útca (street), neighbours going through difficult and rough times before, during and after 2nd WW. Very dense and intense.

Magda Szabó is a Hungarian writer that I've discovered when I moved to Budapest and with a single book (“The Door”) has managed to turn me into her fan! Unfortunately, most of her works are not translated into English (and my Hungarian is definitely not goo
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Leka
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ungheria, p
Misterioso

Misterioso come la vita, che è vera solo quando è sogno. Incubo nel quotidiano scorrere di sentimenti e ripensamenti e ineluttabili eventi che cambiano il presente, ipotecano il futuro e rendono morti i vivi e vivi i morti.
Tre famiglie, tre case e tre giardini, tre bambine e un bambino. L'infanzia, la guerra, la trsformazione di Pest e Buda, con l'azzurro scorrere del Danubio.
Resistono, ma non soppravvivono, alla guerra, pochi individui, per sempre murati in una morte che non muore, n
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Francesco
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Via Katalin è stato il primo libro che ho letto della Szabó, complessivamente mi è piaciuto molto. L'inizio, seppur bello, potrebbe affaticare un comune lettore, soprattutto per la presentazione simultanea di tutti i personaggi della storia, tanto che non nascondo che l'indice dei personaggi posto all'inizio del libro mi è servito più di una volta. Per il resto ho trovato lo stile del l'autrice molto bello, le ambientazioni e le descrizioni molto suggestive e la caratterizzazione dei personaggi ...more
Zsofi Galantai
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when we die? What is our connection with the dead? Can we ever really know ourselves? Can others know us better than we do?
These are some of the many questions this book has raised in me. It introduces the reader to a whole new level of human connections, leaves you trying to find the answer in yourself. I recommend this book to anyone who believes a fictional novel can teach, because this one does.
Andres
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ma ei ole Hardi Volmeri filmi "Elavad pildid" veel näinud, ent "Katalini tänavat" lugedes tekkis mul kange tahtmine seda teha. Mul on tunne, et nad räägivad (kas natuke või palju) samast asjast.

Suurepärane jutustamislaad, kaasakiskuv lugu, mõtlemisainet küllaga.


PS! Kui loed ja esimesest peatükist mitte midagi aru ei saa, siis see on täiesti okei.
incipit mania
Incipit

Diventare vecchi è un processo diverso da come lo rappresentano gli scrittori, e somiglia poco anche alle descrizioni della scienza medica ...
Via Katalin incipitmania.com
Nózi
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: újraolvasni
A kedvenc Szabó Magda-könyvem. Az utolsó mondat utolsó szavával válik teljessé és áll össze az addig kicsit ködös kép, de úgy, hogy egyből visszaránt a legelső szóhoz, tökéletes egészet alkotva. Fantasztikus, amit ez a nő tudott.
Pupilla
Addig a legjobb, amíg még nincs közérzetünk!
Páratlan, gyermeki nyelvű, gyermeki látásmódú regény, nem gyermekeknek.

Bővebben: http://pupillaolvas.blogspot.hu/2013/...
Bruno
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
"Ormai sapevano che la differenza tra i morti e i vivi è solo qualitativa, non conta granché, e sapevano anche che a ciascuno tocca un solo essere umano da invocare nell'istante della morte"
Maarten Klok
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4,5*
Giorgeliot
Alla quarta rilettura cedo e ammetto: non riesco a capire la riga finale. Ergo, non sono sicura di aver capito il libro. Ergo, grrrr
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Magda Szabó was a Hungarian writer, arguably Hungary's foremost female novelist. She also wrote dramas, essays, studies, memories and poetry.

Born in Debrecen, Szabó graduated at the University of Debrecen as a teacher of Latin and of Hungarian. She started working as a teacher in a Calvinist all-girl school in Debrecen and Hódmezővásárhely. Between 1945 and 1949 she was working in the Ministry of
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