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Shooting the Dog single work   short story  
  • Author:agent Peter Goldsworthy http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/goldsworthy-peter
Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Shooting the Dog
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Notes

  • Epigraph:
    Each time the gravel slid off the shovel
    it sounded like something
    trying to hang on by its nails.
    (Philip Hodgins, 'Shooting the Dogs')
  • Dedication: For Lisa.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Quadrant vol. 49 no. 1-2 January-February 2005 Z1171430 2005 periodical issue 2005 pg. 88-98
    Note: Dedication not included in this source.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories 2006 Robert Drewe (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2006 Z1325846 2006 anthology short story extract Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2006 pg. 280-297
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Gravel Peter Goldsworthy , Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2010 Z1660106 2010 selected work short story The characters in this collection of stories, which comprises six shorter and two longer pieces, want things that run counter to their sense of themselves. They are drawn outside their comfort zone into situations that are sometimes amusing, sometimes undignifying, never quite what they expect. Thus, for example, a contented woman finds herself considering a bizarre sexual invitation that just days before filled her with scorn. A mediocre man is pulled into a strange dance with his stalker. A father gives his daughter a Christmas present with a disturbing history. An ugly sports parent plays a game of ridiculous chance. A young boy's music lesson offers him a discordant insight into adult behaviour. And in a primal tale about the borderline between animals and humans, death is horrifyingly not the end of the story. (Adapted from Trove)
    Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2010
    pg. 13-41
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories : A Ten Year Collection Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 Z1771915 2011 anthology short story (taught in 1 units) Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 pg. 146-161
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Where There's Smoke : Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Men Black Inc. (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2015 8700359 2015 anthology short story

    'Where There's Smoke presents outstanding short fiction by Australia's finest male writers. These are tales of love, secrets, doubt and torment, the everyday and the extraordinary.

    'A man sleeps at the site of a massacre and wakes refreshed. An unassuming piano tuner is sent off to contribute to the war effort. A woman with Alzheimer's is dragged along by her interfering son to visit Uluru.

    'Brilliant, shocking and profound, these tales will leave you reeling in ways that only a great short story can.

    'Chris Womersley Murray Bail Tim Winton Rodney Hall David Malouf Tony Birch Shane Maloney Ryan O'Neill Nam Le Kim Scott

    'and many more' (Publication summary)

    Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2015
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