Dog Symphony (Paperback)

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The Dog Symphony can be heard from radios throughout Buenos Aires.  Packs of dogs wander the town at night, eating the food left out for them by the citizens, but where they come from is a mystery.  Boris Leonidovich, a visiting professor, is thrust into the civil conflict when he is unable to locate Ana, his colleague.  As his search becomes frenzied, Boris is sent staggering into the depths of power in a foreign land apathetic about its future. —Andrew

— From Staff Favorites List- Fall 2018


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. 

About the Author

Sam Munson’s writing has appeared in n+1, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and numerous other publications. He is the author of the novel The November Criminals, now a major motion picture starring Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz.

Praise For…

It is like Kafka...Its oddity is like a long, sustained hum, never varying in pitch or volume, that suffuses every page and every line. You open the book up and the hum begins.
— Jason Sheehan

A phantasmagoric nightmare.

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.

Sam Munson has written one of the funniest, most heartfelt novels in recent

Munson is a writer with something to say.

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

[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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811227681
ISBN-10: 0811227685
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Pages: 144
Language: English