Sam Munson: Rebecca Nagel

Sam Munson

Sam Munson’s writing has appeared in n+1, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, LA Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and numerous other publications. He is the author of the novels The November Criminals and The War Against the Assholes.

Dog Symphony

Fiction by Sam Munson

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.…
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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 review)

A phantasmagoric nightmare.

Kirkus Reviews
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