London: Notting Hill Editions, 2017. Selçuk Demirel (illustrator). Hardcover. USED. As New. B/W and color artwork. Grey blue endpapers. Grey blue cloth-bound cover. Red ribbon bookmark. 12 x 19 cm. 72 pp. Item #14765
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.