A phantasmagoric nightmare.

Kirkus Reviews
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.

cover image of the book Dog Symphony

Dog Symphony

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 through 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 unnerving and propulsive novel by a talented new American voice.

More Information

A phantasmagoric nightmare.

Kirkus Reviews

Munson is a writer with something to say.

The New York Times Book Review

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

The Chicago Tribune
Scroll to Top of Page