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

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

by Geoff Dyer


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Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer

The spellbinding new book from the acclaimed author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi is a wide-ranging investigation into the masterpiece of cinema that has haunted him since he first saw it thirty years ago.

The putative subject of Zona is the film Stalker, by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. As Dyer immerses us more and more deeply in the movie, it becomes apparent that Stalker, for all its power to obsess him, is only the point of departure for a wonderfully digressive exploration of cinema in general and European cinema in particular; of how we try to understand what we cherish; and of how we try to fathom—and realize—our deepest wishes. Magnificently unpredictable, frequently hilarious (and, surely, one of the most unusual books ever written about cinema), Zona is thoroughly enthralling and thought-provoking from first to last—even if you have not seen the film.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307377388
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

GEOFF DYER is the author of four novels (most recently Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi); a critical study of John Berger; and five highly original nonfiction books including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, an NBCC finalist. He lives in London.

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