Sputnik. Photographs ad text by Joan Fontcuberta. Additional text by Keijo Suga. Tokyo, 1999. 203 pp. Large Octavo (small size). First Japanese edition. Photo-illustrated boards and dust jacket. Printed belly band. Black-and-white reproductions. Text in Japanese.
Edition Note: Photo-illustrated boards are unique to this Japanese edition; its dust jacket reproduces the design of the 1997 Russian/Spanish edition, which was issued without a jacket. Finally, the trim size of the Japanese edition is slightly smaller.
"From previously classified photographs relating to the ill-fated Soyuz 2 space mission (the first to feature man and canine), Fontcuberta has pieced together the tragic story of [Soviet cosmonaut] Istochnikov and the dog Kloka. In so doing, he has created a book in the grand tradition of Soviet propaganda photobooks... We will never know the exact fate of cosmonaut and cosmodog, but Fontcuberta has brilliantly cut through government red tape to reconstruct and illustrate this tale of heroism and official cover-up."--Parr and Badger