so I just re-read her space fiction masterwork, Canopus in Argos Archives—
felt as before, that of the five novels, Shikasta is the most brilliant and Marriages the most magical,
but I found something fun in the Sentimental Agents, that I had not noticed before—and that was this:
in the large scheme of things over the series of novels, two long-lived galactic empires interact, Canopus and Sirius.
many diverse planets in each empire, but as we all know,
Sirius is the dog-star.
the Sirian planet that invades the unhappy and out-of-luck Volyen Empire is called Motz.
this was the name of Thomas Mann’s dog.