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The Door (Paperback)
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The Door (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 05/10/2006
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A young writer, struggling for success, employs an elderly woman called Emerence to be her housekeeper. From their first encounter it is clear that Emerence is no ordinary maid. Although everyone in the neighbourhood knows and respects her, no one knows anything about her private life or has ever crossed her threshold. Only a great drama in the writer's life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past - a past which sheds light on her peculiar behaviour. The Door brilliantly evokes the development of the bond between these two very different women, and the tragic ending to their relationship.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099470281
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 193 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Improbably, you lose your heart and head to [The Door], which somehow cuts to the quick of everything that matters and does so in a voice which is, at the same time, materially straightforward and intensely hypnotic" -- Simon Schama * Financial Times *
"Szabo manages to conjure up as many cliffhangers as an Indiana Jones film. The Door is a triumph. Clever, moving, frightening, it deserves to be a bestseller" -- Tibor Fischer * Daily Telegraph *
"One of Hungary's most important twentieth-century writers" * New York Times *
"The Door is a deeply strange and equally affecting book, a dark domestic fairy tale about the relationship between a Hungarian writer, Magda, and her taciturn elderly housekeeper, Emerence" -- John Williams (author of Stoner) * New York Times *
"No brief summary can do justice to the intelligence and moral complexity of this novel. I picked it up without expectation. I read it with gathering intensity, and a swelling admiration. I finished it, and straightaway started to read it again. It is unusual, original and utterly compelling" * Scotsman *

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“The Door”

Not slavic (!!!), Hungarian. Not just Hungarian, universal. Anyone, who was born from a mother, made mistakes (or simply has done anything that makes us human) has to read it. It is a must.

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23rd February 2009
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