Dyered on All Sides

I’ve barely had a chance to review the latest Dyer than word comes that there is more Dyer in the works.

Dyer’s forthcoming book, “Zona,” about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film “Stalker,” will be published next year by Pantheon.

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This article in the Guardian must be the seed from which Dyer wrote his new book: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/feb/06/andrei-tarkovsky-stalker-russia-gulags-chernobyl

You’ve probably maybe already seen this, but I think it’s the trace origins of this book.


I’ve been meaning to read Dyer for a long while now, and since Stalker is one of my favorites, but I would feel weird beginning there with Dyer, I guess I’ve got to find a couple and start.

Okay, I swear that comment above me didn’t exist when I posted four hours later…


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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