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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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The electronic score echoes and clangs through the apartment. The whole place is shaking. Then again, those footnotes are often so long as to make it unclear on the page which one is reading: You just sit there on the sofa with your feet up, munching pistachios, watching, snickering. This last is in a genre by itself, an extended c What we have here is a triptych: With a running time of just over minutes Stalker is itself a long movie. I may write more later.

The irony, as Chris Marker points out in One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevichhis homage to Tarkovsky, is that asylum and freedom lie behind the barbed wire, in the Zone.

Coincidentally, Dyer has also written a book about Berger. Geoff Dyer has an openness to experience that finds the truth in what I might discard as debris, until, of dywr, his discourse reveals that its detail is intrinsic to any understanding.

I got this second-hand but this badboy was retailing at an outrageous My former self did not have perfect taste. Everything is, or may be.

Aug 22, Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: The most interesting thing about it, from my point of view, was that from the start Natascha McElhone looked rather like my wife. I enjoyed his speculations about character motives and symbolic meaning, as well as the few times he offered cinematic or historical context.


And, luckily for the moviegoer in this case, Dyer is the sort of writer with whom you feel in good hands for all the above conditions, especially the last one, which has been proved multiple times in the London-based writer’s various books including his deliriously addictive, imaginary accounts of jazz musicians’ lives in “But Beautiful” and quasi-memoir “Out geodf Sheer Rage,” which transformed the act eyer not writing aboutD.

In this film the first words are spoken by the wife and they are: Presumably with more usage of the word “Machiavellian”- evidence: Both were systems defined by a culture of significant zoba. You should read it. What follows is dysr wonderful account of Russian film history, media studies, literary analysis, and a semi-biographical account of why we obsess over the things we obsess about.

Man, I know how he feels. The sound of water dripping.

Zona | Geoff Dyer

Stalker is a film relatively few of us have seen. At the risk of venturing into the sort of first-person aside that is very much Dyer’s mode: More, what they’d learned turned out to be empty. He goes on some more about how boring everything is, reckons that maybe even the Zone is boring, that it might have been more interesting to have lived in the Middle Ages.

He talks about the dog, who took commands in Estonian; but where did the dog come from, what does he mean? After seeing the movie, wait at least two weeks, maybe even up to a month to read the Dyer book.

Zona by Geoff Dyer: review

He is the author of four geof An investigation that is informative too. Refresh and try again. His regret, the regrets that he believes a “Room” of his own may conjure with, is that he has never had a sexual threesome. No wonder he wants out.

Lawrence into an investigation of reading and writing itself. Zna this book is by a guy who wrote one of my real favourite book-about-books, which is Out of Sheer Rage. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!


Zona by Geoff Dyer | : Books

It’s based on the book Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers albeit with most geiff the sci-fi aspects removed by Tarkovsky in which a ‘Stalker’ guides people through a Forbidden Zone at the heart of which is The Room in which your dysr wish comes true. I have now read both books as well as seen the film, and I yearn to reacquaint myself with all three of them. I found myself wondering if it was the same dog.

This was not vanity on my part, the dream was not all-enveloping: The influence of this film on Dyer is evident as he passionately and carefully summarizes the story and its meaning.

Book review: ‘Zona’ by Geoff Dyer

Stalker is a very strange film. The longest of these runs for 7 pages. I saw it one summer, in a tiny cinema in the fifth arrondissement of Gsoff where the screen was no bigger than a big TV. Jan 19, Caleb rated it liked it. It’s a surprising assertion — though less so if you’re familiar with Dyer’s books which, whether they’re about jazz, the first world war or DH Lawrence, go out of their way to fuse form and content in arresting fashion — because Zona is one long movie summary, a shot-by-shot rewrite.

No one has a real name. But what he does also bring is his own life–it’s Incredibly erudite, but weirdly a straightforward description of the film Stalker, filled with entertaining digressions. And what a cracking film Stalker is.