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Laika by Nick Abadzis
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Dec 30, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: literary_graphic_novels, favorites, 2008
Read in February, 2008

This book broke my heart. It's difficult for me to imagine what the world was like during the Cold War and the suspicion, fear and competition that motivated it, so reading Laika was like stepping into another time.

Abadzis tells the story of Laika, the first dog to be sent into space as part of the US-Soviet race to the moon. We follow her from puppyhood all the way to her ill-fated selection as the test subject for the program. The art in the book is simple but vivid and through it we come to see how Korolev's and Laika's lives become intertwined. Ironically, it is Korolev's attempt to escape his own imprisonment which causes him to condemn Laika to an even worse suffering.

I think the most heart-breaking parts of the book are all the missed opportunities for happiness as well as the moments of hope which are contrasted with betrayal. It's the very sad story of a dog, but also a story of how humanity can be sacrificed to ambition and ideals.
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