Smoke: 2017

£14.99

Following the success of ‘Cataract’, John Berger, one of the great soothsayers of seeing, joins forces again with Turkish illustrator Selçuk Demirel. This charming pictorial essay reflects on the cultural implications of smoking.

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A pictoral essay by the great art critic, novelist and long-time smoker, John Berger, and Turkish writer and illustrator Selçuk 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)

Additional information

Weight 0.136 kg
Dimensions 18.9 × 11.9 × 1.1 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

67

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

394.14 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K