Q&A: Geoff Dyer on new book Zona at 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival
In his latest book the all-round eclectician sets out to unlock Andrew Takovsky's movie Stalker
This article is from 2012.
Give us five words to describe Zona?
My thoughts on Tarkovsky’s film Stalker [Ed: OK, that’s six, but we’ll let Geoff off].
What do you love about book festivals?
The answer is all in that last word. I love festivals, period.
Which dead author do you wish was still alive today and why?
DH Lawrence. To have met him, to have been overwhelmed by his genius and, inevitably, to have then been on the receiving end of some incredible eruption of rage.
What was the first book you read?
Which book makes you cry and why?
Oh wow, loads of them for different reasons. There are the tears of rage when books get praised when they're so obviously garbage. But then there are so many more that continue to move me: the end of Paradise Lost, ‘The Ruined Cottage’ by Wordsworth, Prospero’s ‘Our revels now are ended’ speech near the end of The Tempest. And it’s not just books; several scenes in Stalker leave me sobbing. Despite what Wordsworth says about thoughts that ‘lie too deep for tears’, I think tears are a pretty reliable indication of being in the grips of a profound experience.