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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Goodreads helps you keep djer of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Zona by Geoff Dyer. 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 Zons, Geoff Dyer attempts to unlock the mysteries of a film that has syer him ever since he first saw it thirty years ago: 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.

HardcoverFirst Editionpages. Published February 21st by Pantheon geofv published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Zonaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 28, brian rated it liked it.

Book review: ‘Zona’ by Geoff Dyer

View all 8 comments. View all 15 comments. Apr 16, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: I love books about dyrr single movie — two recent corkers were Chain Saw Confidential and The Disaster Artistboth written by actors. So this book is by a guy who wrote one of my real favourite book-about-books, which is Out of Sheer Rage.

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Geoff Dyer is all about the meta. So here in this book Zona Geoff gets to write about his favourite movie. He seems to have been given a contract by his publisher which says: You just have to be able to empathise with a guy endlessly putting off something which he himself volunteered to do and which has now become a crushing burden.

I thought I could wing it. But really, this movie sounds dull. Boring people doing boring things boringly. Well, boring is a personal thing.

After all, some people think books are boring. So I got to page 80 and set it down. What I really want to do is watch Goto, Island of Love. I thought it was great back then, but who knows.

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My former self did not have perfect taste. I even had a Moodyblues album once. View all 5 comments. Mar 04, Pavol Hardos rated it really liked it Shelves: Here is a book about a movie. No, let me rephrase that.

Here is a discursive, personal, digressive, long-winding, breezy, ponderous, chatty, observant, essayistic commentary blog-post of a book about a movie, Tarkovsky’s Stalker. You should read it. You should not read it unless you’ve seen the movie, probably. But then, you should have seen the movie already, shouldn’t you. This might end up being the book you should have read about the gwoff you should have seen.


Just another reminder of your colossal failure as a human being then. I read it and enjoyed it. So I was predisposed to liking this book, because it affirms that I am in on it. I know what the journey to the room is. Yes, if you’ve seen Stalker this book will cater to your ego, there’s no point in fighting it.

Top 3 applicable only if you’ve been severely neglecting some bits from the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid of needs. Aug 22, Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: Every blue moon, an artwork comes along that seems like it’s aimed solely at you. Something so specific to your particular interests that it’s difficult to imagine an audience for it larger than one. For me, that work is “I’m Not There,” a movie about Bob Dylan minutiae that’s structurally inspired by vintage Godard films.

On the surface, “Zona” looked like another one of those works: A favorite writer devoting an entire book to my favorite film by the dauntingly arty Russian director Andrei Tar Every blue moon, an artwork comes along that seems like it’s aimed solely at you. A favorite writer devoting an entire book to my favorite film zpna the dauntingly arty Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky?

How did this thing groff get published? Geoff Dyer turns out to be less obsessively hermetic about his subject – and less concerned with trying to embody its visionary essence – than Todd Haynes in “I’m Not There,” which is maybe why the book felt like a slight letdown to me.

So many critics treat Tarkovsky’s work like forbidding and sacred ikons of Great Cinema. This book’s most significant achievement is making “Stalker” feel accessible and genuinely exciting without dumbing it down. The film is a ozna masterpiece, sure, but getting a clenched asshole trying to solemnly decode its mysteries is the exact wrong way to approach it.

Instead of going on about the many virtues and few flaws of this fine book, I recommend checking out J. Hoberman’s review which eerily elucidates many of my own reactions – plus a few I didn’t even know I had.

Jun 20, Mark Johnson rated it did not like it. Stalker is astounding to me, as are most of Tarkovsky’s films. But reading this book is nearly the opposite experience of watching the film. Stalker is a suspenseful, hypnotic experience. Tarkovsky sustains a rich feeling of beauty and simple profundity, inspiring confidence in the viewer that he will not let you fall or waste your time by negating the trust built up between you.

The suspense of this book, on the other hand, lies in dreading the next inane observation or mundane association from Zoma is astounding dyef me, as are most of Tarkovsky’s films. The suspense of this book, on the other hand, lies in dreading the next inane observation or mundane association from the author’s personal life, most of which take the form of a running parallel text of footnotes, pretty much all of which should have been mercifully deleted.

egoff Dyer claims to love the film, but seems to secretly resent its hold on him. He recounts the film scene by scene only to repeatedly drag it down to the snide, mediocre realm that he lives in. There are a few appreciative passages, the relative depth of which are mostly borrowed from the film itself, but they are quickly and consistently defaced with Dyer’s smug, subjective digressions that are so embarrassingly puerile at times they nauseated me as much as the mean-spirited blog postings that inundate the Internet.


Dyer’s conceit, dter course, is that he is no better than one of the small-minded characters in the film.

Zona by Geoff Dyer: review

The book geovf his own personal journey to the Room, where, like Writer, he would be thrown back onto himself and forced to confront what a self-absorbed person he really is.

The problem is that the film characters are embedded in a philosophical, cinematic world that perfectly balances their subjective pettiness.

In Dyer’s book, it’s all him. Stalker and Tarkovsky deserve better than this. Jan 13, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: What we have here is a triptych: First there was Boris and Arkady Strugatsky’s Roadside Picnicperhaps the most memorable of their science fiction novels. Then came Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalkerostensibly based on it and, in fact, employing the Strugatsky brothers as screenwriters. Now there is Geoff Dyer ‘s long essay entitled Zona: This last is in a genre by gfoff, an extended c What we have here is a triptych: This last is in a genre by itself, an extended commentary retelling the story of geofr film feoff lengthy footnoted riffs about how the film has impacted Dyer’s life and imagination.

All three works are masterpieces in their own right. I have now read both books as well as seen the film, and I yearn to reacquaint myself with all three of them.

Is there something perhaps a little perverse about writing a ruminative essay about something that comes from something else. Have we somehow put ourselves too many removes from the original work by the Strugatsky brothers? Or does it matter, inasmuch as both Stalker and Zona are totally absorbing, as was Roadside Picnic.

Never mind that the only known person to have visited it, named Porcupine, hanged himself shortly thereafter. These zones formerly visited by the extraterrestrials who have all moved on without getting their visas stamped have been sealed off by the geocf. But there is an active “black market” of individuals called stalkers who take geofc to visit the zones and perhaps bring some things back — things which are inexplicable.

The children of these stalkers are themselves strange, like Monkey, the zoba Stalker’s daughter, who has the power of telekinesis, which we do not learn until the very end of the film.

Stalker takes two individuals, referred to only as the professor and the Writer, into the zone. Their journey is a journey of self-discovery. Do cyer enter the room?

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