Niki, the Story of A Dog

Niki, the Story of A Dog

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“The Dog adopted the Ancsas in the spring of ’48”: so the story begins. The Ancsas are a middle-aged couple living on the outskirts of Budapest in a ruinous Hungary that is just beginning to wake up from the nightmare of World War II. The new Communist government promises to set things straight, and Mr. Ancsa, an engineer, is as eager to get to work building the future as he is to forget the past. The last thing he has time for is a little mongrel bitch, pregnant with her first litter. But Niki knows better, and before long she is part of the Ancsa household. The Ancsas even take her along with them when Mr. Ancsa’s new job requires a move to an apartment in the city.

Then Mr. Ancsa is swept up in a political crackdown—disappearing without a trace. For five years he does not return, five years of absence, silence, fear, and the constant struggle to survive—five years during which Mrs. Ancsa and Niki have only each other.

The story of Niki, an ordinary dog, and the Ancsas, a no less ordinary couple, is an extraordinarily touching, utterly unsentimental, parable about caring, kindness, and the endurance of love.

Baker & Taylor
Reluctantly accepting a pregnant stray into their post-World War II Hungarian home, Mr. and Mrs. Ancsas quickly accept her as a member of the family, which is torn by the loss of their son, Mr. Ancsa's involuntary disappearance in the wake of a communist political crackdown, and Mrs. Ancsa's lonely vigil over the course of five years. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781590173183
Branch Call Number: FICTION DERY...T
Characteristics: xix, 122 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Szirtes, George 1948-
Notes: Originally published: London : Secker & Warburg, 1958


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