Laika: Nick Abadzis

3.30pm Saturday 5 November

Laika was the abandoned puppy who on 3rd November 1957 (59 years ago almost to the day) became the first living creature to go to space. She would never return.

Her story is the subject of Nick Abadzis’ beautiful, elegiac graphic novel published by First Second Books in 2007. “The genesis of the book was when I read about Laika when I was a child,” Abadzis said. “The idea that a dog was Earth’s first space traveller was cool, but I couldn’t get over the thought that she’d been sent on a one-way trip. It really terrified me and stayed with me.”

This brilliant international-award winning graphic novel casts light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind a pivotal moment in history.

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