Zona by Geoff Dyer
A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

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He has a rare talent for writing about high-minded concerns with disarming simplicity, and he is unafraid to mix in a bit of low culture...
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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.

 

About Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels (most recently Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi); a critical study of John Berger; a collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition; and five highly original nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He lives in London.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Sukhdev Sandhu on Feb 16 2012

...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.

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Reviewed by Killian Fox on Feb 04 2012

He has a rare talent for writing about high-minded concerns with disarming simplicity, and he is unafraid to mix in a bit of low culture...

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Reviewed by Lawrence Frascella on Feb 29 2012

...Dyer remains a uniquely relevant voice. In his genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down, he's an exemplar of our era.

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