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ISBN-10: 1910749478
ISBN-13: 9781910749470
Publisher: Notting Hill Editions
Publish Date: 05/08/2018
Dimensions: 7.40" L, 4.70" W, 0.50" H

Smoke

Illustrator: Selcuk Demirel

Hardcover

Price: $18.95

Overview

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)

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"In these pages, Demirel rather brilliantly provides images of togetherness that make literal Berger's language, albeit without sentimentalizing it; these pictures recall a world that once had coherent meaning...Berger and Demirel show that nearly anything can be part of shared experience...Smoke, [Berger] concludes, is a 'sign of mankind'–evidence not of man's endurance but of the promise of companionship and stories shared." –Jonathon Sturgeon, Art in America

"In contemporary English letters John Berger seems to me peerless. Not since D. H. Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience." –Susan Sontag

"I love this small book of intricate insight." –Michael Ondaatje, (on Cataract)

"In his ceaselessly inventive work, Selçuk often uses parts of the body in ways that are characteristically Turkish...as if the comedy of the human condition were there in the human body, in the melancholy of anatomy." –John Berger, on Selçuk Demirel

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Details

ISBN-10: 1910749478
ISBN-13: 9781910749470
Publisher: Notting Hill Editions
Publish Date: 05/08/2018
Dimensions: 7.40" L, 4.70" W, 0.50" H
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