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The door
Simenon, Georges, 1903-1989.
Uniform Title:
Porte. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, [1989]

General Note:
Translation of: La porte.

"A Helen and Kurt Wolff book."
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The prolific Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon produced hundreds of fictional works under his own name and 17 pseudonyms, in addition to more than 70 books about Inspector Maigret, long "the favorite sleuth of highbrow detective-story readers" (SR). More than 50 "Simenons" have been made into films. In addition to his mystery stories, he wrote what he called "hard" books, the serious psychological novels numbering well over 100. The autobiographical Pedigree, set in his native town of Liege, is perhaps his finest work. The publication of Simenon's intimate memoirs also attracted considerable attention. Simenon himself once said that he would never write a "great novel." Yet Gide called him "a great novelist, perhaps the greatest and truest novelist we have in French literature today," and Thornton Wilder (see Vol. 1) found that Simenon's narrative gift extends "to the tips of his fingers." The following are some of Simenon's novels, exclusive of the Maigret detective stories, that are in print.

(Bowker Author Biography) Georges Simenon was born on February 13, 1903 in Liege, Belgium. He wrote more than 200 fiction works under 16 different pseudonyms. His first book, The Case of Peter the Lent led to 80 more of the like including the main character, Inspector Maigret. He published over 400 books that were translated into 50 different languages and sold by the millions. He also wrote psychological novels, including The Man Who Watched the Train Go By. He died on September 4, 1989 in Lausanne.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A reminder of the late author's insight and artistic understatement, this 1962 original retains force in Woodward's translation. Simenon creates a mood of impending tragedy as he recounts the thoughts tormenting Bernard Foy 20 years after his hands were blown off in WW II. Fitted with a mechanical device, Bernard paints lampshades at home in Paris while his adored wife, Nelly, works at an office job. Although they have lived and loved contentedly since their youth, Bernard begins to suspect Nelly's attentions to a neighbor in their apartment building. Never late returning from work, always affectionate, Nelly gives her husband no cause to doubt her fidelity. Still, Bernard, acting like his own Iago, feeds his jealousy until he gives in to the temptation to open the door to the apartment of his supposed rival. The unsuspected ending seems inevitable. Portraying the frailties of the human psyche, Simenon creates characters with the presence of his renowned Inspector Maigret. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved