A sweet and poignant story, with a cheeky and somewhat old-fashioned (even for the 50s) omniscient narrator, which adds to its charm. The Ancsas are a middle-aged couple in Communist Hungary that adopts a dog, or rather, she adopts them. Shortly after, Mr. Ancsa is imprisoned without a word of explanation. Déry explores political oppression and its effects through a non-anthropomorphic character study of a "little white terrier bitch" -- an Everydog -- named Niki. Really well-done, but have tissues on hand.