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Bakis, Kirsten

Entry updated 25 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1968-    ) Swiss-born US author (of Estonian parentage) whose only novel to date, Lives of the Monster Dogs (1997), comes close to Beast Fable in its complex accounting of the fate of a nineteenth-century experiment, rather similar to that dissected in H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), in the surgical modification of dogs into creatures resembling humans. The dogs' enforced removal to an effective prison environment in Canada, and their eventual escape to New York, where they die, is effectively though congestedly told. In the end, the novel is a tale of exile. [JC]

Kirsten Bakis

born Switzerland: 1968

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