Cigarettes is a novel about the rich and powerful, tracing their complicated relationships from the 1930s to the 1960s, from New York City to Upper New York State. Though nothing is as simple as it might appear to be, we could describe this as a story about Allen, who is married to Maud but having an affair with Elizabeth, who lives with Maud. Or say it is a story about fraud in the art world, horse racing, and sexual intrigues. Or, as one critic did, compare it to a Jane Austen creation, or to an Aldous Huxley novel - and be right and wrong on both counts.



Praise for this book

"CIGARETTES has the delicate yet rigorous architecture of latticework: if we concentrate on the light streaming through its apertures we are still attentive to its carpentry; if we focus on its geometry the light is, of needs, a constant presence. It is a triumph of the imagination" - Gilbert Sorrentino


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May 1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: Cigarettes
Author(s): Harry Mathews
ISBN: 0-85635-739-1 / 978-0-85635-739-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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October 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cigarettes: A novel
Author(s): Harry Mathews
ISBN: 1-55584-092-2 / 978-1-55584-092-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Paperback Editions

October 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cigarettes (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
Author(s): Harry Mathews
ISBN: 1-56478-203-4 / 978-1-56478-203-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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October 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cigarettes (Collier Fiction)
Author(s): Harry Mathews
ISBN: 0-02-013971-3 / 978-0-02-013971-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co
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