Iza's Ballad Summary
Magda Szabo

Everything you need to understand or teach Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo.

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Iza's Ballad Overview

A heartrending story of love and loss, Iza's Ballad details the lives of Iza and her mother, Ettie, following the death of her father, Vince. As Ettie uproots her life in the country to move into Iza's Budapest apartment, a pattern of misunderstanding develops, leaving both women frustrated and confused, despite their good intentions. It is only following her mother's return home to unveil Vince's headstone that Iza truly appreciates what she has lost. Addressing themes of grief, love, relationships, change and social appearances, Iza's Ballad explores the complex relationship between mother and daughter.

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