Dog Boy

Author(s): Eva Hornung


In a deserted Moscow apartment building four-year-old Romochka waits for Uncle to come home. Outside the snow is falling, but after a few days hunger drives Romochka outside, his mother's voice ringing in his ears: don't talk to strangers. Overlooked by passers-by, he follows a street dog to her lair in a deserted basement at the edge of the city. There he joins four puppies suckling at their mother's teats. And so begins Romochka's life as a dog. The story of the child raised by beasts has fascinated through the ages, but Eva Hornung has created a vivid and original telling, utterly emotionally convincing. Taking us with Romochka into the world of his dog-family, she shows through his clear, alien eyes the disintegration - and obdurate persistence - of community, of family; the uncertain embrace of society, the consequences of social breakdown and exclusion.


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Shortlisted for Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Fiction 2010.

General Fields

  • : 9781921520426
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : January 2009
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Eva Hornung
  • : Hardback
  • : A823.3
  • : 304