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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A note of admiration for the flute-music. Zonalike Stalkeris a narrative without focus.

With its cast of shaven-headed men who resemble Gulag inmates, zonw 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.

About Zona From a writer whose mastery encompasses fiction, criticism, and the fertile realm between the two, comes a new book that confirms his reputation for the unexpected.

Stalker is followed by the man who treats us to another bit of slapstick—slipping convincingly on the steps. The feather a symbol of his triumph over nature having killed the raven previously?

We peer through an interior set of doors, into a room. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. This last is in a genre by itself, an extended c What we have here is a triptych: It was based on a short novel: No, let me rephrase that. Like Luger, the barman, the guy who opens the gate is smoking a cigarette. The influence of this film on Dyer is evident as he passionately and carefully summarizes the story and its meaning.

Trade time for a bigger unit of time. One can hardly blame him; even the most boring night in the village cannot compare with the depths of tedium being plumbed here. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.


The movie opens with a quotation from Nobel prize winner Wallace: What does he mean by this? The Zone is a place of uncompromised and unblemished value.

Dyer retraces the cinematography faithfully and beautifully. Similarly all his cultural references could be seen as red herrings.

Book review: ‘Zona’ by Geoff Dyer

Inevitably, now that certain seminal dates in the calendar of sci-fi projection—, —have come and gone, faded into history, large parts of the genre have acquired an znoa quality, have become a future-oriented subset of costume drama.

Feb 11, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: Still, maybe it’s because of all the noise in the decades of entertainment geof our fingertips that Dyer’s efforts feel that much more vital. And this keeps us sane.

Another hail of bullets, but harmless, Where Eagles Dare —ish in their harmlessness. So beautifully, in fact, that I found it difficult not to start falling again for Tarkovsky.

For me, that work is “I’m Not There,” a movie about Bob Dylan minutiae that’s structurally inspired by vintage Godard films. Female penetration of the male, sticking her finger in the wound. He evidences a professor emeritus’ generational cluelessness, for example when he riffs about how the index finger has less of a privileged role in our post-rotary-phone age. He seems to have been given a contract by his publisher which says: Stalker, Writer and Professor are the main protagonists.

In Zona, Geoff Dyer attempts to unlock the mysteries of a film that has haunted him ever since he first saw it thirty years ago: It definitely lives up to the hype. Have we somehow put ourselves xona many removes from the original work by the Strugatsky brothers?

First time in a while that I’ve slowed down reading a book because I wanted it to last longer.

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You really Better than three stars,but not quite four; however I may change my mind in the zna if I find this book has rattled around dher my mind for a while. I watched the film in one sitting and I finished the book in another.


On whether we have entered the Zone yet. 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 of Sheer Rage,” which transformed the act of not writing aboutD.

When I was a boy, growing up in Cheltenham, stills were displayed outside the ABC, the Coliseum, and the Odeon as a way of luring you in, and it was always a significant moment when you saw the still image in motion.

Zoa the book’s bravura formalism and in spite of the suspicion that it could be viewed as a highbrow take on live-blogging, it’s Dyer’s ability at moments like this to make pilgrims of his readers and to lead them on a journey in search of truths about love and about the nature of happiness that make Zona such an exhilarating achievement.

Books by Geoff Dyer. The 9th symphony of Beethoven can be heard…. The film is a deathless masterpiece, sure, geodf getting deyr clenched asshole trying to solemnly decode its mysteries is the exact wrong way to approach it.

Do you hear it? 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. Is it then a good thing that Dafoe survives? What I really want to do is watch Goto, Island of Love. The best way to read this dyre