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Smoke, Hardback Book


A pictoral essay by the great art critic, novelist and long-time smoker, John Berger, and Turkish writer and illustrator Sel uk Demirel. "Once upon a time, men, women and (secretly) children smoked." This charming illustrated work reflects on the cultural implications of smoking, and suggests, through a series of brilliantly inventive illustrations, that society's attitude to smoke is both paradoxical and intolerant.

It portrays a world in which smokers, banished from public places, must encounter one another as outlaws.

Meanwhile, car exhausts and factory chimneys continue to pollute the atmosphere.

Smoke is a beautifully illustrated prose poem that lingers in the mind. "A cigarette is a breathing space. It makes a parenthesis. The time of a cigarette is a parenthesis, and if it is shared you are both in that parenthesis.

It's like a proscenium arch for a dialogue." - John Berger (in interview)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 66 pages, 50 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Editions
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9781910749470

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