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 tall man, the man we saw in the precredit sequence, is still there, drinking coffee, and the barman is still smoking. Retrieved from dyet https: Maybe if duer are a huge Dyer fan; I’ve read a few of Dyer’s books and articles, can’t say if I am a huge fan. 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.

An invigorating mixture of responses, but this is a Geoff Dyer book. The film is slow, plodding, and much of it philosophical.

For more insights,an article by Geoff,on the meanings of the movie: Watch Stalker yourself, and then write your own book. He sadly complains to wife: Mahmut is eating nuts, pistachios presumably. Is anything especially worthy of our attention? His admiring gushes early on for example clearly shade that which follow, making the film to seem somehow anticlimatically lesser as it unfolds.

You enter the Zone in a mild funk, uncertain, and you leave the Zone still wearing the uncertainty just like your sweaty clothes and waterlogged boots.

If floorboards could speak, these look like they could tell a tale or zoa, though the tales would turn out to be one and the same, ending with the same old lament after a few drinks people think they can walk all over meabout not just what happens here but in bars the world over.

For fans of ‘Stalker’, the Russian cinematic masterpiece for which Dyer’s book acts as a commentary, this is an enjoyable and often informative read about one fan’s experience of – and personal history with – the film. Dyer claims to love the film, but seems to secretly resent its hold on him. As I mentioned earlier, one need not have watched the film in order to enjoy this book Dyer anticipates this and does half the work for you. Is it then a good thing that Dafoe survives?


In fact, thinking about it, this is probably the most deadpan sequence I have ever seen in a film. He has a wide-ranging intellect, an effortless facility with language, and a keen sense gdoff humor. Presumably they are the vocalized eyer of the person—Stalker—on-screen, tramping across the railroad tracks in the foggy fog, hands in pockets, looking pretty down in the mouth. 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.

Still, the full range of associations that Dyer draws within the film’s working parts and between the film and the world at at large is phenomenal.

Book review: ‘Zona’ by Geoff Dyer

Afte Geoff Dyer has an openness to experience that finds the truth in what I might discard as debris, until, of course, his discourse reveals that its detail is intrinsic to any understanding. He is the author of four novels: This is no accident.

Because Stalker is long and slow-moving it would be possible to read the book while ‘watching’ the film, were it not for Dyer’s circumambient footnotes in which he digresses into personal memories and making comparisons and connections with other films.

None of them really wanted their innermost wishes fulfilled? If so, it turns out to be not such a good idea: So this book is by a guy dysr wrote one of my real favourite book-about-books, which is Out of Sheer Rage. The moment the barman has stopped pouring he downs it in one—attaboy!

They are at a port of some kind ditto Red Desert. Instead of the lonesome whistle, there is the busy moan of foghorns.

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dyet Stalker had got a religious reverence for the Zone: A lot of critiques of those personal asides neglect to note that they appear mostly as footnotes, not in the actual main body text of the book.

The first 9 minutes are without dialogue and consist entirely of drips, creaks, groans. Deceitful production that helps drive readers to electronic books?


Dec 06, Katya Becerra rated it it was feoff Shelves: No one has beoff real name. Dyer is bringing no particular theory to bear which calls to mind Keynes comment: Buildings that are no longer what they were once intended for: He suggests that this film with its slow pace has given him a deeper appreciation for art and allowing a story to unfold.

On whether we have entered the Zone yet. I found that using my touchpad on my laptop and the screens of my phone, iPad, and iPod Touch to be an initially painful and, later, at best awkward experience, as bandaids impeded use, as did the wound’s scab as it formed.

If you have seen it, this book will change or reinforce your impression of a fascinating movie. geofff

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Zona is one of the most unusual books ever written about film, and about how art—whether a film by a Russian director or a book by one of our most gifted contemporary writers—can shape the way we see the world and how we make our dydr through it. He also claims “the Zone is cinema. This takes a bit of veoff and digesting. That Geoff Dyer is a phenomenal writer whose work I am going to enjoy reading in the months and years to come. Dyer talks about the “possibility of cinema as semi-permanent pilgrimage site”.

The influence of this film on Dyer is evident as he pas Dyer claims that a work of art that changes your DNA can only be experienced at a young age, typically in your zoja or twenties and can not happen later in life. The 9th symphony of Beethoven can be heard….

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

As the train makes its way beyond the barriers, the jeep comes sliding along in its wake, on the coattails of the iron horse. Aug 22, Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 5 comments.

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