Of Walking in Ice
In the winter of 1974, filmmaker Werner Herzog made a 3-week solo
journey from Munich to Paris on foot. He believed it was the only way
his close friend, film historian Lotte Eisner, would survive a horrible
sickness that had overtaken her. During this monumental odyssey through
a seemingly endless blizzard, Herzog documented everything he saw and
felt with intense sincerity. This diary is dotted with a pastiche of rants
about the extreme cold and utter loneliness, notes on Herzog's films and
travels, poetic descriptions of the snowy countryside, and personal philosophizing.
What is most remarkable is that the reading of the book is in continuity
with the experience of watching his films; it's as if, through this walk,
we witness the process in which images are born. Out of print since 1979,
this is the first reprint by Free Association.