|US edition, from Knopf: designer unknown|
Reading this as a man with a pregnant wife and an ageing dog probably made me more than usually susceptible to its dangers and charms, but I really can't recommend it highly enough. Heller is especially good on the strange wonder of the human/dog connection, the loveliness of wilderness that is completely indifferent to whether you live or die, and what can seem like the extraordinary generosity of women in letting men even come near them.
|UK edition, from Headline: designer unknown|
UPDATE: Eagle-eyed Tulkinghorn comments: "Proustian recall from my childhood reading and it MUST be the inspiration for the Knopf cover..."
UPDATE: The also eagle-eyed Lisa Barrow contacted me to point out the resemblance between the Dog Stars covers and the US first edition of Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This connection makes a lot of sense, with the danger and loneliness of the life of the pilots in both books.