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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.

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: Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. ("Every single frame," declared Cate Blanchett, "is burned into my retina.") As Dyer guides us into the zone of Tarkovsky's imagination, we realize that the film is only the entry point for a radically original investigation of the enduring questions of life, faith, and how to live.

In a narrative that gives free rein to the brilliance of Dyer's distinctive voice--acute observation, melancholy, comedy, lyricism, and occasional ill-temper-- Zona takes us on a wonderfully unpredictable journey in which we try to fathom, and realize, our deepest wishes.

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 way through it.

Published: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307377388
Branch Call Number: 791.43 DYE
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,22 cm.


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Dec 06, 2015

Dyer rambles on at times, and takes an unwarranted cheap shot at L'Avventura, but I eventually forgave him because the book is fascinating in many places. Worth reading despite the digressions.

Jul 28, 2012

Geoff Dyer summarizes the film, which, if you've seen it, isn't too necessary. Along the way he provides a few quotes from Tarkovsky and others on the film, but mainly rattles on in a smug and self-satisfied way; he gives a strong impression of someone who thinks of himself as quite a wit, and much fun to be around at parties. I'd toss him out on his ear. If you're interested in Tarkovsky, read Sculpting in Time. Or google "Tarkovsky." Or just watch the movie again. (Or Nostalghia, which he repeatedly trashes). The book's a failure: it fails to tell you much of anything new or original about the movie, and for a film he claims he can't get out of his head, he doesn't convey much enthusiasm for it. For Geoff Dyer fans only.


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