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Dog Boy (2009) is a novel by Australian author Eva Sallis, writing under the pseudonym Eva Hornung. It won the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. It was inspired by the story of feral child Ivan Mishukov.
Dog Boy (2009) is a novel by Australian author Eva Sallis, writing under the pseudonym Eva Hornung. Romochka is a feral child, raised by dogs and found on the streets of Moscow in the summer of 1998. He appears to be six years old and has been with the pack for two years. This novel examines his life on the streets and the changes he undergoes as he transforms from "dog" to "boy".
FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Caught between and left with a chance for a new life, Dog Boy is a book about so many things it is hard to encapsulate without taking away much of the stories punch and there is a great deal of that in this short novel. A truly different and wonderful look at emotion, experience, and life. It takes a lot to survive in the basement of an abandoned church, but perhaps more to survive in the world as we know it.
The two small sisters, Little Gold and Little Patch, tumbled and shoved around it. It began suddenly to sob and wail, thinly at first, then louder and through more jagged breaths. Everyone’s hackles rose. Even Romochka could smell the fear puffing into the dark lair from under their tails and necks. Romochka couldn’t settle. His skin prickled and itched.
A Dog Boy is the nickname given by Coalition States armed forces to the humanoid psychic sensitive they use to sniff out psis and supernatural beings within CS territory. The name is often applied regardless of the individual's gender. The Dog Boy is genetically uplifted from domestic canine or wolf stock in the laboratories of the Coalition State of Lone Star and exported primarily to the Coalition State of Chi-Town.
Every now and then a book comes along that you know will change your life. You may not know how, exactly, but the reading of it touches you in a way so profound, resonates so deeply inside you, that you recognize at once it will become part of your soul, for want of a better word, part of your being. Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy is such a book for me. See my discussion here.