Smoke – A Collection Of Poetical “Ashes” Written By John Berger And Illustrated By Selçuk Demirel

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‘Once upon a time, men, women and (secretly) children smoked’.

Someone likes it smoking. Two professional smokers put togheter their forces to talk about the most controversial social practice ever. Written by John Berger and illustrated by Selçuk Demirel “Smoke” will be in the bookshops and in the e-stores tomorrow also thanks to the efforts made by Notting Hill Editions. If Zeno Cosini were real, this would be his favourite book.

In Smoke, Berger and Demirel suggest, 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. Smoke is the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling title Cataract, published in 2012 by Notting Hill Editions, which enables Berger to reflect on his own experience of loss of vision.

John Berger, storyteller, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, was one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing (1972), the Booker prize-winning novel G (1972), Here is where we meet (2005), From A to X (2008), Cataract (with Selçuk Demirel) (2012) and most recently Confabulations (2016).

Selçuk Demirel was born in Artvin, Turkey, in 1954. He trained as an architect and moved to Paris in 1978, where he still lives. His illustrations and books have appeared in many prominent European and American publications. Demirel’s work ranges from book illustrations, magazine covers, children’s books, and from postcards to posters.

To know more about the book you can visit the page http://www.nottinghilleditions.com/books/smoke/244

 

 

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