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The Door

(1987)
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A busy young writer struggling to cope with domestic chores, hires a housekeeper recommended by a friend. The housekeeper's reputation is one built on dependable efficiency, though she is something of an oddity. Stubborn, foul-mouthed and with a flagrant disregard for her employer's opinions she may even be crazy. She allows no-one to set foot inside her house; she masks herself with a veil and is equally guarded about her personal life. And yet Emerence is revered as much as she is feared. As the story progresses, her energy and passion to help becomes clear, extinguishing any doubts arising out of her bizarre behaviour. A stylishly told tale which recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper. After an unpromising and caustic start, benign feelings develop and ultimately the writer benefits from what becomes an inseparable relationship. Simultaneously we learn Emerence's tragic past which is revealed in snapshots throughout this book.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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February 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 0-88033-304-9 / 978-0-88033-304-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: East European Monographs
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Door (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-78487-240-7 / 978-1-78487-240-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Door (NYRB Classics)
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-59017-771-1 / 978-1-59017-771-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 0-09-947028-4 / 978-0-09-947028-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-84343-193-9 / 978-1-84343-193-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Audio Editions

October 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-09-401574-1 / 978-1-09-401574-3
Publisher: Naxos and Blackstone Publishing
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October 2019 : Audio CD

Title: The Door: Library Edition
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-09-401573-3 / 978-1-09-401573-6
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-09-401575-X / 978-1-09-401575-0
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Szabo:The Door [Naxos Audiobooks: NA0284]
Author(s): Magda Szabo
ISBN: 1-78198-079-9 / 978-1-78198-079-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
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December 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo, Len Rix - translator
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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December 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo, Len Rix - translator
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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December 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Door
Author(s): Magda Szabo, Len Rix - translator
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Door (NYRB Classics)
Author(s): Magda Szabo
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Door (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Magda Szabo
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK