A breakthrough novel from the acclaimed young American writer
Boris Leonidovich, a North American professor who specializes in the history of prison architecture, has been invited to Buenos Aires for an academic conference. He’s planning to present a paper on Moscow’s feared Butyrka prison, but most of all he’s looking forward to seeing his enigmatic, fiercely intelligent colleague (and sometime lover) Ana again. As soon as Boris arrives, however, he encounters obstacle after unlikely obstacle: he can’t get in touch with Ana, he locks himself out of his rented room, and he discovers dog-feeding stations and water bowls set before every house and business. With night approaching, he finds himself lost and alone in a foreign city filled with stray dogs, all flowing with sinister, bewildering purpose though the darkness...
Shadowed with foreboding, and yet alive with the comical mischief of César Aira and the nimble touch of a great stylist, Dog Symphony is an un-nerving and propulsive novel by a talented new American voice.
Praise For Dog Symphony…
— Jason Sheehan - NPR
A phantasmagoric nightmare.
— Kirkus Reviews
A historian of prison architecture attends a conference in Buenos Aires and gets sucked into a surreal neighborhood patrolled by dogs in this clever novel.
— Publishers Weekly (starred)
Sam Munson has written one of the funniest, most heartfelt novels in recent
— The Chicago Tribune
Munson is a writer with something to say.
— The New York Times Book Review
Like all good fiction, there is a mystery at the invisible heart of Dog Symphony, and Munson’s elusive style forces you to read the lines as if scanning for clues.
— Randy Rosenthal - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
[A] whirling text which instinctively launches itself down the streets of Buenos Aires, only stopping to ask questions about man’s inclination toward structure and the relationship between autonomy and reality...For Boris Leonidovich, the fabric of essential reality is bent by collective acceptance.
— Katherine Beaman - Commonplace Review
New Directions, 9780811227681, 144pp.
Publication Date: August 28, 2018