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Magda Szabo - Abigail (2nd Hand Softback)

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Abigail is a young adult novel by the Hungarian author Magda Szabó. It was first published in 1970 and is her most widely read novel. Abigail is an adventure story about a teenage girl who attends a Calvinist girls' school in eastern Hungary during World War II.

Abigail, the story of a headstrong teenager growing up during World War II, is the most beloved of Magda Szabó's books in her native Hungary.

Gina is the only child of a general, a widower who has long been happy to spoil his bright and wilful daughter. Gina is devastated when the general tells her that he must go away on a mission and that he will be sending her to boarding school in the country. She is even more aghast at the grim religious institution to which she soon finds herself consigned. She fights with her fellow students, she rebels against her teachers, finds herself completely ostracized, and runs away.

Caught and brought back, there is nothing for Gina to do except entrust her fate to the legendary Abigail, as the classical statue of a woman with an urn that stands on the school's grounds has come to be called.

If you're in trouble, it's said, leave a message with Abigail and help will be on the way. And for Gina, who is in much deeper trouble than she could possibly suspect, a life-changing adventure is only beginning.

  • Format : Thicker 2nd Hand Softback with French Fold Covers
  • Condition : Good (Some creasing on spine only, otherwise Very Good)
  • Category : Fiction - Young Adult Fiction
  • Published : 1970 (This Edition 2020 - MacLehose Press)
  • ISBN : 9780857058485
  • SKU : B002519
  • PPC : SP450gm
  • RRP : £14.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"In English for the first time in a superb translation . . . Szabo's characters are vivid and amusingly authentic . . . Szabo is skilful, too, at creating moments of heart-rending tension, often through exquisite, evocative prose . . . the novel has a devastating power." - The Spectator.

"This infectious coming-of-age novel from Szabo, released in 1970 and translated into English for the first time, is a rollicking delight . . . Szabo pairs the psychological insights reader will recognize from her novel The Door with action more akin to Harry Potter. Gina is one of Szabo's finest creations." - Publisher's Weekly.

"Len Rix's translation is empathetic and intuitive, capturing the sense of magic and adventure in the girls' school." - Calvert Journal.

"Of all Szabo's novels, Abigail deserves the widest readership. It's an adventure story, brilliantly written." - Daily Telegraph.

The Author

Magda Szabó was a Hungarian novelist. Doctor of philology, she also wrote dramas, essays, studies, memoirs, poetry and children's literature. She was a founding member of the Digital Literary Academy, an online digital repository of Hungarian literature.