Sputnik. Photographs and text by Joan Fontuberta. Fundacion Arte y Technologia, Madrid, 1997. 239 pp. Large octavo (small size). First edition. Photo-illustrated boards with quarter cloth debossed with silver title and spine. No jacket as issued. Black-and-white reproductions. Text in Spanish and Russian (with English translations appended).
"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
Very Slight 'kiss' to base of spine; Fine-