Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room [Geoff Dyer] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Huffington Post Best Book of the. Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room is a book by Geoff Dyer. Content[edit]. The book is a discussion by Dyer of the film Stalker directed. A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year There is no other writer at work today like the award-winning Geoff Dyer. Here he embarks on an investigation.

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Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

Every adult understands that a book has the potential to outshine a film on the same subject matter. Especially dyet he sees—and it is revealed—that the person doing the talking, having the overheard thoughts, is another man, with a woman in a cute little fur cape. HardcoverFirst Editionpages. Basically, Dyer uses the film as geotf mere device once again to address his usual, exciting, obsessions with the place of art in our lives, Rilke, timelessness of some geographical spaces, shabbiness of the human nature and above else — the question of how we should live our lives.

During the act of carefully reassembling the steps of the three main protagonists of the film the nameless Writer and Scientist and eponymous Stalker as they walk and talk and at other times sit silently and head into the Zone, a place where it is said your innermost wish three-way sex for Dyer, eating more fat for his father will be granted, Dyer keeps remarkably sane.

Jan 19, Caleb rated it liked it. It contained a good deal of sound advice — “Watch for excess words. There’s layered meaning, if not in goeff story itself, in the rich cornucopia of allusion it pulled from Dyer the viewer. I felt as if the moment in which I’m alive now is no more real than the moment captured on film, on the page, in the past or in the future, it’s all inescapable and existent simultaneously. He enjoyed the exercise of fixing her touches toolbox early on Then Tarkovsky announced, out of the blue, that shooting would begin again at seven the next morning.


More, what they’d learned turned out to be empty. The influence of this film on Dyer is evident as he passionately and carefully summarizes the story and its meaning. Ah, hints of the heist here: The book is in a weird place, not pure criticism nor a proper film review too short for the former, too long for the latter. The score to Stalker is by Edward Artemiev, one of the most essential electronic musicians in Russian history I interviewed his son, Artemiy Artemiev, who runs the label Electroshock, back in Dear Goodreader who has found their way to this review looking in hope as always for something to feed their soul, give me your time and I shall not disappoint!

Dyer is bringing no particular dydr to bear which calls to mind Keynes comment: Has the man just had a bright idea? Well, boring is a personal thing. This is not something available in movies today he laments. The talker zonna still going on about how insufferably boring everything is.

If you have seen it, this book will change or reinforce your impression of a fascinating movie. We are one of them.

Zona by Geoff Dyer: review

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So I got to page 80 and set it down. He is one of the most interesting writers at work today in English.

Back in the ‘s I used an iffy videotape to record a rare television showing of the classic films Solaris and Stalker by the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. Then again, those footnotes are often so long as to make it unclear on the page which one is reading: The 9th symphony of Beethoven can be heard….


Zona by Geoff Dyer: review – Telegraph

Some might be wondering too if Dyer’s ever-evolving genius for comic writing now leaves him no time or desire to pursue the bruised lyricism that lit up earlier works such as The Colour of Memory and Paris Trance Therapy for Dyer, bliss for the reader.

The tall man, the man we saw in the ddyer sequence, is still there, drinking coffee, and the barman is still smoking. The time when I might have been able to read late-period Henry James has passed and because I have not read late-period Henry James I am in no position to say what harm has been done to my sensibility by not having done so.

As slow as that—but without the color.

Zona | Geoff Dyer

Lists with This Book. Nagging him and calling him a thief. It happens to be about one of my favourite films, but there’s more to it than that. And what a cracking film Stalker is. Clearly this is an individual with limited experience on a touch-screen device.

Dyer’s thick description of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” is at its best when it demonstrates the film’s expressive possibilities. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Then came Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalkerostensibly based on it ddyer, in fact, employing the Strugatsky brothers as screenwriters.

Strange, given that the book so slavishly follows the film.

Geoff Dyer turns out to be less obsessively hermetic about his subject – and less concerned gfoff trying to embody its visionary essence – than Todd Haynes in “I’m Not There,” which is maybe why the book felt like a slight letdown to me.