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The smoking diary of Gregor Hens

In Nicotine, Hens memorably describes being ‘repulsed and overjoyed’ to have spotted a smoking area (‘a kind of suffocation chamber’) at the airport

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

Nicotine Gregor Hens, translated from the German by Jen Calleja

Fitzcarraldo Editions, pp.224, £12.99, ISBN: 9781910695074

The link between smoking and self-expression is long-established. The only thing worse than not being able to smoke, says Will Self in his excellent introduction, is ‘not being able to talk about it’.

‘Scriva! Scriva! Vedrà come arriverà a vedersi intero.’ ‘Write! Write! See what happens when you look into yourself.’

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