Zona, By Geoff Dyer
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 08 March 2013
The sparky, sarky love-child of Alan Bennett and David Foster Wallace, Dyer devotes a book to Tarkovsky's moodily enigmatic movie Stalker - and much else.
Scene by scene, Dyer stalks the film, and its mysterious loveliness stalks him. Meanwhile, often in downpage footnotes, snatches of memoir splice the art we adore with the lives we lead.
Poised between awe and cheek, this essay doesn't so much inject fun into the film's eerie Soviet glamour as find comedy in the gulf between us and our objects of desire.
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