Of Walking In Ice: Munich-paris, 23 November-14 December 1974 by Werner HerzogOf Walking In Ice: Munich-paris, 23 November-14 December 1974 by Werner Herzog

Of Walking In Ice: Munich-paris, 23 November-14 December 1974

byWerner HerzogTranslated byMartje Herzog, Alan Greenberg

Paperback | April 27, 2015

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In late November 1974, filmmaker Werner Herzog received a phone call from Paris delivering some terrible news. German film historian, mentor, and close friend Lotte Eisner was seriously ill and dying. Herzog was determined to prevent this and believed that an act of walking would keep Eisner from death. He took a jacket, a compass, and a duffel bag of the barest essentials, and wearing a pair of new boots, set off on a three-week pilgrimage from Munich to Paris through the deep chill and snowstorms of winter.

Of Walking in Ice is Herzog’s beautifully written, much-admired, yet often-overlooked diary account of that journey. Herzog documents everything he saw and felt on his quest to his friend’s bedside, from poetic descriptions of the frozen landscape and harsh weather conditions to the necessity of finding shelter in vacant or abandoned houses and the intense loneliness of his solo excursion.

Includes, for the first time, Werner Herzog’s 1982 “Tribute to Lotte Eisner” upon her receipt of the Helmut Käutner Prize

Werner Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than fifty films, including Nosferatu the Vampyre; Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Fitzcarraldo; and Grizzly Man. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and now lives in Los Angeles, California.
Title:Of Walking In Ice: Munich-paris, 23 November-14 December 1974Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 27, 2015Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816697329

ISBN - 13:9780816697328


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Odd, but interesting This is an odd little book, an unedited diary of events, fantasies and dreams. Herzog never explains why he thought his journey would save his friend. Interesting, but not for everyone.
Date published: 2015-09-17

Editorial Reviews

"A poetic rendering of a fraught and wild pilgrimage."—Kirkus Reviews"Herzog’s slight narrative is captivating because his experiences humanize the legendary filmmaker. He is full of curiosity and wonder. Even when he meanders into strange asides, Herzog remains interesting."—Publishers Weekly"Herzog’s private dairy of his journey was first published four years later on. Titled Of Walking in Ice, it’s now being reissued by the University of Minnesota Press. It is a weird and wonderful document—a vital record of Herzog’s creation of his famous, baffling self."—Slate"Perversely compelling...Herzog’s account begs to be read aloud."—New York Times"Of Walking in Ice is not always particularly easy or pleasant to read. Nonetheless, Herzog’s tortuous prose makes you feel his pain. The further you read, the more you feel the anguish of the repetitiveness of walking alone."—Full Stop"You almost forget that Herzog must have been writing these entries at the end of the day, because of course he couldn’t walk and experience and chronicle at the same time. And yet, like film, there is a vital sense of the now in his writing."—Film International