by JOHN BERGER
Illustrated by Selcuk Demirel
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
- Publication Date: 23/03/2017
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9781910749470
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