Zona, By Geoff Dyer
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
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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