Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
This collection of essays covers everything from literature to travel, and is the quickest and easiest way to begin acquainting yourself with Dyer’s work.
Even if you’ve never seen Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic 1979 film (but you really should), Dyer’s sweeping look at it is one of the best examples of the writer’s ability to weave film criticism into a narrative that’s sure to captivate even non-cinephiles.
The Ongoing Moment
In this examination of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Dyer explores how artists capturing similar banal, everyday subjects developed such unique and masterful styles.
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
From the Venice Biennale to the spiritual capital of India, Dyer’s entertaining novel about two journalists walking separate paths in life is one of his finest books.
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
Ten years after publishing his first book, Dyer wanted to write a book about D.H. Lawrence — but he didn’t just want to write a book about D.H. Lawrence. This isn’t a biography, nor is it an analysis of Lawrence’s work; this is Dyer meditating on, and struggling with, his own life through the lens of his relationship to a writer.