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Clth, 5 x 8 in. / 240 pgs / 350 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2014 p. 47   

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Soviet Space Dogs

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Text by Olesya Turkina.

Soviet Space Dogs

Celebrating the dogs that conquered the final frontier, in ephemera and collectibles

This book is dedicated to the Soviet Space Dogs, who played a crucial part in the Soviet Space program. These homeless dogs, plucked from the streets of Moscow, were selected because they fitted the program's criteria: weighing no more than 15 pounds, measuring no more than 14 inches in length, robust, photogenic and with a calm temperament. These characteristics enabled the dogs to withstand the extensive training that was needed to prepare them for suborbital, then for orbital, space fights. On 3 November 1957, the dog Laika was the first Earth-born creature to enter space, making her instantly famous around the world. She did not return. Her death, a few hours after launching, transformed her into a legendary symbol of sacrifice. Two further strays, Belka and Strelka, were the first beings to make it back from space, and were swiftly immortalized in children's books and cartoons. Images of the Space Dogs proliferated, reproduced on everyday goods across the Soviet Union: cigarette packets, tins of sweets, badges, stamps and postcards all bore their likenesses. Soviet Space Dogs uses these unique items to illustrate the story (in fact and fiction) of how they became fairytale idols. The first book to document these items, it contains more than 350 images, almost all of which are previously unpublished, and many of which have never been seen before outside Russia. The rich and varied ephemera (from cigarette packets to sweet wrappers and children's toys) of Soviet graphics will have immense appeal to the art and design market, as well as appealing to dog-lovers everywhere.

Featured image, of a routine weight check for Chernushka (1958), is reproduced from Soviet Space Dogs.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

CNN Style

Jake Wallis Simons

To this day, the images of the Soviet space dogs have lost none of their aesthetic impact. "It's a weird combination of ideology and dogs," says Murray.

Hyperallergic

Allison Meier

A new book — Soviet Space Dogs — published this month by FUEL collects 350 illustrations of these Russian canines as they were canonized as symbols of the Space Race. Edited by Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell, with text by Olesya Turkina, the book examines how the mutts were turned from unwitting test subjects into popular heroes.

The New York Times

Dana Jennings

There are two reasons I couldn't resist this book. First, I was born on Oct. 5, 1957, one day after the Soviet Union sling-shotted the first satellite, Sputnik, into space. So I'm a true space age baby who grew up obsessed with the Cold War grudge match to reach the moon. Second, I was a kid during the golden age of the half-hour dog drama: television series like "Lassie," "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" and "The Littlest Hobo." If there had been a show called "Space Dogs," I would have been planted in front of the screen, tongue contentedly lolling.

LA Review of Books

Tolan Rory

The book, an Aladdin’s cave of eye-batting oddments and kitsch curiosities, enchants the reader with some 350 archival photos and images of arcane ephemera. In her Technicolor tour of space-age propaganda and pop culture, Turkina shows just how deeply Laika dug herself into the Soviet imagination.

flavorwire.com

Elisabeth Donnelly

Remember the tragic tale of Laika, the first Earth-born creature to enter space? A Russian street dog, she journeyed to the moon and never returned. This book compiles the story of Laika and other dogs, and the various Soviet ephemera and graphics that were used to make these brave creatures into heroes of the state for a generation of kids. Stranger than fiction and totally brilliant.

The Canine Chronicle

Amy Fernandez

Without really trying, it’s alternately enlightening, reaffirming, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Collectors Weekly

Lisa Hix

Damon Murray, co-founder of FUEL Design and Publishing in London, came up with the idea to put a book together about the true story of these early space explorers. He collected the images; commissioned Dr. Olesya Turkina, a senior research fellow at the Russian Museum, to write the text; and edited, designed, and published the book with his business partner Stephen Sorrell. The resulting Soviet Space Dogs is a gorgeous work of art, containing adorable image after adorable image of the strays recruited against their will to pave the way for the first man is space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who orbited the Earth in 1961.

Broadly.com

Sydney Parker

[A] brilliant book.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/16/2015

Soviet Space Dogs Launch Event at Museum of Jurassic Technology

Soviet Space Dogs Launch Event at Museum of Jurassic Technology

Tuesday, January 20 at 7PM, the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles presents Soviet Space Dogs and Dr. Olesya Turkina, writer, curator and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/6/2014

NY Times: ‘Soviet Space Dogs’ Tells the Story of Canine Cosmonauts

NY Times: ‘Soviet Space Dogs’ Tells the Story of Canine Cosmonauts

Congratulations FUEL Publishing! It's not often that one of our books gets a major review in the Science Section of "The New York Times." But this one certainly deserves it! Dana Jennings writes, "There are two reasons I couldn’t resist this book. First, I was born on Oct. 5, 1957, one day after the Soviet Union slingshotted the first satellite, Sputnik, into space. So I’m a true space age baby who grew up obsessed with the Cold War grudge match to reach the moon. Second, I was a kid during the golden age of the half-hour dog drama: television series like “Lassie,” “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” and “The Littlest Hobo.” If there had been a show called “Space Dogs,” I would have been planted in front of the screen, tongue contentedly lolling."
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/19/2019

Give in to international Space Fever with 'Soviet Space Dogs'

Give in to international Space Fever with 'Soviet Space Dogs'

This 1972 postcard, depicting Soviet canine cosmonauts Belka and Strelka in the "cockpit" of their rocket, is reproduced from FUEL's universal classic, Soviet Space Dogs. "Belka and Strelka can be considered the first 'space pop stars.' Fortunately they are characters in a fairy tale with a happy ending. Following their triumphant landing, they appeared on radio and television, and their portraits were featured in newspapers and magazines. They were chauffeured to celebratory meetings with Soviet citizens: politicians, outstanding laborers, schoolchildren and celebrities—both Soviet and international—considered it an honor to be photographed with this famous pair." continue to blog


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