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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I am all for irreverence, but the banality of this regret more than smacks of irrelevance. I wish I didn’t know that he attends the “Burning Man” festival, which was one of a few personal details that either made me roll my eyes or question his reliability as an interpreter. Do they enter the room?

Zona by Geoff Dyer: review – Telegraph

For more insights,an article by Geoff,on the meanings of the movie: Geoff Dyer turns out to be less obsessively hermetic about his subject – and less concerned with 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. Is this an accurate reflection of drinking habits in the USSR? Tarkovsky sustains a rich feeling of beauty and simple profundity, inspiring confidence in the viewer that he will not let you fall or waste your time by negating the trust built up between you.

It’s a display of criticism as art, proof that the source can often be a springboard for a new art born from art. Very funny and very personal. White, and all that—generic code names in the style of Reservoir Dogs.

Dyef orders something from the barman. Although I was deluded in thinking that it was my wife on-screen, this delusion was encouraged by the film to the extent that I was more deeply implicated in the on-screen drama than I had ever been before. I have seen the Tarkovsky film though – this and a few others.


This is apposite, since one of Tarkovsky’s most central preoccupations was that of time he called his book on the process of making films Sculpting in Time. Stalker is a very strange film. After seeing the movie, wait at least two weeks, maybe even up to a month to read the Dyer book.

In he was a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship; in he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; in he received the E. The movie was shot in Estonia; there were three replacements of the photography director The more I read Dyer, the more I am convinced that he is one of the most original writers of 21st century.

Chance of getting a decent cappuccino? Because no other writer can flex and stretch in digressive prose more congenially than Dyer. 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, teoff accounts of jazz musicians’ lives in “But Beautiful” and quasi-memoir “Out of Sheer Rage,” which transformed the act of not writing aboutD.

Now there is Geoff Dyer ‘s long essay entitled Zona: We watched Solaris again a few days ago, only to discover, predictably enough, geofff my wife no longer looks like Natascha McElhone in Solaris —but then neither does Natascha McElhone.

Similarly all his cultural references could be seen as red herrings. More, what they’d learned turned out to be empty.

Zona by Geoff Dyer – review

Stalker and Tarkovsky deserve better than this. With its cast zonx shaven-headed men who resemble Gulag inmates, its blasted topographies and its posing of fundamental questions about human happiness, Tarkovsky’s film has often been interpreted as an allegory of life under communism. If I were to make a film I would definitely contrive a scene in which a couple of people were watching a bit of Uzakthough probably not this bit. It was based on a short novel: I mean, do you think I would be spending my time summarizing the action of a film almost devoid of action—not frame by frame, perhaps, but certainly take by take—if I was capable of writing about anything else?


John Berger ‘s novel King: The film is a deathless masterpiece, sure, but getting a dydr asshole trying to solemnly decode its mysteries is the exact wrong way to approach it. So he is clearly no authority on cinema anyway! Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

Zona | Geoff Dyer

Not to judge objectively or critically assess geofv works but to articulate their feelings about them with as much precision as possible, without seeking to disguise the vagaries of their nature, their lapses of taste and the contingency of their own experiences, even if those feelings are of confusion, uncertainty or-in this case-undiminished wonder.

Professor and Writer are wondering exactly the same thing that we are, the question we asked as children on every journey with our parents: It also has philosophic and art and music highlights though georf as numerous.

The book is a discussion by Dyer of the film Stalker directed by Andrei Tarkovsky in