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Jäinen matka : jalan Münchenistä Pariisiin 23.11.-14.12.1974

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  568 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In the winter of 1974, filmmaker Werner Herzog made a three 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 sin ...more
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Published 1990 by Like (first published 1978)
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Werner Herzog is walking, walking, walking. He is walking to Paris because of magical thinking. His friend Lotte Eisner cannot die before he arrives. He drinks milk and eats tangerines and breaks into empty vacation homes at night. He finishes someone's crossword puzzle, he urinates in someone's boot. He sees things, he describes them. He describes things he probably does not see. I'm pretty sure some of those things could not have happened, it is not always easy to tell what is real and what is ...more
Eddie Watkins
Oct 14, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eddie by: Kimley
Herzog as buffalo making landscapes tremble, Herzog as mountain reposing, Herzog as natural visionary, Herzog as compassionate magician and au natural hallucinator in bars.

Keyed up by intense concern for Lotte Eisner as she lay very ill in Paris, Herzog set off on foot from Munich to Paris to fend off her death. She could not die before he arrived, the voices of the universe told him so. Through blizzards and driving rain, smashing windows of vacation homes for sleep, ceaselessly mutating from h
Finished this while walking and reading at lunch along the Delaware, and walking up the steps to the South Street bridge over I-95, I exclaimed "fcknin WERNER"! So proud of him, like he were my child. What a great book. It's sort of like a pre-apocalyptic, very Germanic version of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" . . . 64 dense pages of travelogue, fantasy, film ideas, atmosphere, all of it deeply embedded in the consciousness of the Typical Herzog Character, a mythic hero-dude on a solo delusional ...more
Herzog walks from Munich to Paris to see a dying friend because he believes the friend can not die while he is traveling to see her. This is his account of his journey. I'm not sure if he or Kinski is more insane.
If a friend or family member said to you that they were planning on walking from Munich to Paris in the middle of a bitter winter because they knew that this was what needed to be done in order to save the life of someone they cared about, most likely you'd have the same reaction as me - are you fucking crazy?

But that's because you aren't Werner Herzog who possesses a kind of clarity that most of us can't even imagine. A kind of clarity that brings about a complete sense of awe in me because it
Joe Kowalski
"I personally would rather do the existentially essential things in life on foot. If you live in England and your girlfriend is in Sicily, and it is clear you want to marry her, then you should walk to Sicily to propose. For these things travel by car or aeroplane is not the right thing."

I knew this Herzog quote, and I also knew of a book he had written that concerned walking from Munich to Paris to visit an ailing friend. I thought perhaps this was evidence of a larger personal philosophy that
May 22, 2008 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aficionados of mytho-poetic narratives
"All I see in front of me is route. Suddenly, near the crest of a hill, I thought, there is a horseman, but when I moved closer it was a tree; then I saw a sheep and was uncertain as to whether or not it would turn out to be a bush, but it was a sheep, on the verge of dying. It died still and pathetically; I've never seen a sheep die before. I marched very swiftly on."

In November 1974, Werner Herzog received word of the imminent death of film critic Lotte Eisner (who provided voice over on his h
Herzog's first-hand account of that one time he walked from Munich to Paris in the middle of winter because he thought it would save the ill film critic Lotte Eisner's life is, of course, entirely about the journey into himself (the supposed subject of his rescue is only mentioned occasionally), but of course that's a genre Herzog knows. And while he's not quite as good with prose as he is with a camera, this short little volume is an intriguing read - Herzog walks, drinks milk, walks, freezes h ...more
Ross Maclean
As dreamlike as his films; at once both jovially philosophical and revealing of unsettling 'truths'. The prose ebbs and flows with Herzog's mood as his pilgrimage continues, just as likely to drift into long periods of incidental musings about entirely unrelated subjects as it is to actually chart his journey.
Profound, melancholic and mischievous; both author and text.
Sara Gray
Like his later memoir about filming Fitzcarraldo, Of Walking in Ice is poignant, poetic, hilarious, impressionistic, and batshit insane. I wouldn't expect anything less from Herzog.
If you had any doubts about the clinical sanity of Werner Herzog, they will be dispelled by this text he wrote whilst walking from Munich to Paris.
Werner Herzog hat sich im Winter 74 zu Fuß von München nach Paris begeben, um Lotte Eisner, der es nicht gut ging, zu besuchen, damit sie nicht sterbe. Respekt für den Marsch. Ich gebe ehrlich zu, dass ich die Filme von Frau Eisner nicht kenne, aber wenn der Hr. Herzog zu so einem Trip fähig ist, dann sollte ich mir wenigstens mal einen Film der Frau zu Mute führen. Das Buch, welches Herzogs Notizbuch auf seinem Gang nach Paris ist, liest sich sehr gut. Herzog kann seine Umwelt sehr gut beobacht ...more
K's Bognoter
“Jeg gik den mest direkte vej til Paris, i sikker forvisning om at hun ville overleve, hvis jeg kom til fods. Desuden ville jeg gerne være alene.”

Fin lille bog om, ja, at gå. Ikke kun i is, men også i regn og andet vintervejr. Og om den verden, der passerer forbi den gående.

Om at gå i is er den tyske filminstruktør Werner Herzogs (f.1942) dagbogsoptegnelser fra en personlig 800 km lang gåtur fra München til Paris i november-december 1974, som først nu er blevet udgivet på dansk.

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Betoverend modern sprookje over een heroïsche wandeltocht van München naar Parijs, in de winter, door de bergen en de velden. Herzog is een poëtische pantheïst en weet als geen ander de brute kracht en de overweldigende schoonheid van de natuur te evoceren en te bezingen.
Niet lezen als de verwarmingsketel stuk is en ook niet als je iets tegen blaren of gescheurde meniscussen en achillespezen hebt.
Las het in het Engels omdat de Nederlandse vertaling zo moeilijk te vinden is. Herzog woont al zo l
One of the more peculiar and possibly the most cinematic books I've ever read. There is so much packed into these 64 pages that while I was really enjoying it, I was sort of relieved when I got to the end, as I don't know how much more of it I could have handled.
At one point when he describes the black fields and the saturated ground, water everywhere, every town silent, hiding, depressing, I felt physically brought down by the book.
If you don't like strange, depressing books then don't read th
In November 1974, film director Werner Herzog learned that a friend of his, Lotte Eisner, was on her deathbed. Eisner, a concentration camp survivor, was a legendary German film critic who had worked with Henri Langlois, founder of the Cinemateque Francaise. Herzog avowed that "This must not be, not at this time; German cinema could not do without her now." He somehow became convinced that if he walked from Munich to Paris—about 500 miles—to visit her, she would be saved.

And so he decided to mak
Jim Neeley
AS a big fan of Herzog movies I looked forward to getting this through the Umass library system, and was not disappointed. Originally written as a personal journal, Werner later decided to publish it. A journal he kept,when he was walking from Munich to Paris, after he heard a friend, Lotte Eisner was ill and dying, thinking the walk would save her life. Breaking into houses, bad weather, helpful comrades, and dying sheep, how can you go wrong. If one is familiar with his movies, it will be a mu ...more
Chris S
Dream-like, poetic description of events or scenes from imaginary films intermixed with diary notes from his journey - observations on passing nature, landscapes, weather conditions, people, the strain on his body, the daily problem of finding somewhere to sleep...

Overall a gorgeous little book and inspirational. Planted a seed of an idea in my mind for my own walk.

My only criticism was the eye-watering price for what is only a 68-page book. The most expensive book I've ever bought... but one th
Alex V.
This book is exhilarating. I wish there were more 64-page books on the world packed as densely as this. Composed as a journal written over a week while walking from Munich to Paris, convinced that an ailing friend will hang til he gets there, Of Walking in Ice does not seek to make a grand statement; instead it is an act of contrition, one in which bears witness to the unending flow of statements the world makes rather than making his own.

The narrative flits from one thing to the next just with
Colin N.
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. So thanks Goodreads. Alas only 3 stars from me. I like Herzog, and so had high expectations for this book. But it reads mostly as a personal diary (which it is) and less like something intended for public consumption. Therefore many parts are repetitive (his feet hurt, the sun comes up, the sun goes down, he goes to sleep). Nevertheless there are moments of the amusing and strange that you expect from Herzog. And I like the fact that he took this walk and ...more
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Una scrittura scarna, un diario di bordo che segna il passo tenuto dal 23 novembre al 14 dicembre, durante il viaggio che l'autore fa da Monaco a Parigi per andare dall'amica malata.
Una scrittura evocativa, centrata sulla natura e sui paesaggi autunnali spogli, ma comunque pieni di vita.
Un incedere nelle tenebre, intravedendo la luce fioca della speranza che la vita continua.
'Caminhar no gelo', editado em 2011 pela Tinta da China, conta uma história bem mais antiga, do inverno de 1974, quando Werner Herzog partiu de Munique, a pé, e caminhou até Paris em cerca de três semanas. Uma viagem solitária, muito rica e inspiradora e com um propósito muito bonito: impedir a morte de um dos seus ídolos.

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Sep 19, 2007 Jon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked "Incident at Loch Ness" just because Werner Herzog was in it
I am a huge Werner Herzog fan and he has always talked this book up saying that he thinks it is as great a piece of work as any of his films, etc. There was a huge build up to it so maybe it was inevitable that it was a little bit disappointing. And maybe it was partly the translation to english but this just seemed so convoluted. Tangents everywhere that often don't even get "resolved." So choppy even within the journal entries. I didn't really gain anything from reading this book and even thou ...more
Werner Herzog is a peculiar man with an abstract view of the world that surrounds him. I was recommended this book after sharing Herzog's witty interpretations of classic childhood stories (check them out: Madeline, Curious George, and Where's Waldo) with a friend. "Of Walking in Ice" is an intimate documentation by Herzog as he embarks on foot from Munich to Paris with the prospect of stalling a dear friend's death. What begins as a somber and ambitious journey quickly blossoms into an anomalou ...more
Short, poetic travel diary by the ever-wonderful Mr. Herzog. Expected to like this going in, but was really taken aback by how moving this slim publication turned out to be. Written while walking from Munich to Paris, it is filled with observations, ruminations, and striking imagery as only Herzog could share. Will definitely re-read.
May 25, 2008 Arthur rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any friend
Shelves: favourites
I found this book in September 1996 at Cheap Thrills in Montreal, while looking for The Glass Bead Game. It is one of my favourite books ever. I've bought and given away countless copies of In the Skin of a Lion, one of my other favourites; I'd have given away countless more of this one, but it is sadly out of print, and ridiculously expensive to get hold of. I've managed to hold on to my copy out of sheer pig-headedness, and material attachment of a kind rarely otherwise possible for me. I've ...more
May 14, 2015 Barbara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any avid reader
Recommended to Barbara by: Goodreads
This is a small book about a large undertaking. Werner Herzog receives word that a good friend is in very poor health and expected to die. He believes that if the walks from Munich to Paris, she will survive. So he plods through rain, snow, sleet and hail, breaking into empty houses as a place to survive. Some of this book seems to me to be hallucinations that he is having and some is a bit over my head - for instance: "Together we shall boil fire and stop fish" I haven't the slightest clue what ...more
Travis Nelson
Fun read. It's a journal, so there's no particular story arc or anything, but it's entertaining and short. Herzog is an interesting fellow.
a fast reflective, yet engaging read.
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Werner Herzog (born Werner Stipetić) is a German film director, screenwriter, actor, and opera director.

He is often associated with the German New Wave movement (also called New German Cinema), along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders and others. His films often feature heroes with impossible dreams or people with unique talents in obscure fields.
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“Meanwhile it's got stormy, the tattered fog even thicker, chasing across my path. Three people are sitting in a glassy tourist cafe between clouds and clouds, protected by glass from all sides. Since I don't see any waiters, it crosses my mind that corpses have been sitting there for weeks, statuesque. All this time the cafe has been unattended, for sure. Just how long have they been sitting here, petrified like this?” 9 likes
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