In November 1974, when Werner Herzog was told that his mentor Lotte Eisner, the film maker and critic, was dying in Paris, he set off to walk there from Munich, in full faith, believing that she would stay alive if I came on foot Along the way he recorded what he saw, how he felt, and what he experienced, from the physical discomfort of the journey to moments of rapture It is a remarkable narrativepart pilgrimage, part meditation, and a confrontation between a great German Romantic imagination and the contemporary world This edition of the book is being published for the first time as a classic piece of proto psychogeography....
|Title||:||Of Walking In Ice: Munich - Paris: 23 November - 14 December, 1974 (Vintage Classics)|
|Number of Pages||:||266 Pages|
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Of Walking In Ice: Munich - Paris: 23 November - 14 December, 1974 (Vintage Classics) Reviews
Beautiful little memoir. I drank 3 cups of coffee at Waffle House at midnight for some stupid reason and couldn't sleep, so read this in one sitting. Herzog keeps things moving narratively just like his journey; he also seamlessly weaves in dreams he has on the road, story ideas for Woyzeck, fantasies, etc. Not only is this a beautiful idea-- walking to someone who is dying to prolong their life -- but he's very self-deprecating when he arrives at Ms. Eisner's about the fact that he walked from Munich to Paris (he doesn't want her to know at first), in winter. His descriptiveness is beautiful; you feel reading this like you're along with him or playing some kind of hyper-real, textural video game, but in reality very few humans besides Herzog would have the nerve or stamina to do his 3-week walk in deepest winter across two countries. A Herzog classic. Even tho there's some unevenness to his prolific film output, I've always found his writings consistently worthwhile and impressive.
Werner Herzog makes a commitment to himself to trek from Munich to Paris in the belief his dying mentor, Lotte Eisner, will remain alive as he journeys to her on foot. This journal powerfully captures the brutal weather and bitter cold. Herzog breaks into homes or buildings to make it through the nights. And at times, he appears to go mad as he chronicles his surrealistic thoughts.
This book is fantastic! Werner Herzog has been one of my favorite film directors for several years, so I jumped on this book as soon as I knew of it's existence. If you enjoy his movies, you'll enjoy this.
I am walking with Werner Herzog. The End.
Not exactly what I expected, but very interesting read. I thought it would be more of a 'travelogue' type of book. Instead, it is lyrical, poetic, impressionistic. If you are familiar with Mr. Herzog's films, here he is on the page. Not such a surprise after all.
Unexpectedly ran across this in Paris Review. But Herzog interests me and this book did not disappoint. Not only is it Herzog on a self-revelatory level (ideas, thoughts, understandings, dreams), he captures the season ( a winter walk if you will) quite well.
An amazing journey. Well document and recorded.