The Search

“If any British writer can try on the mantle of Calvino, Dyer can. He has a poet’s gift with metaphor as well as an ability to grasp ideas, hold them, pass them on.” New Statesman & Society

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The Search

“If Raymond Chandler and Italo Calvino had collaborated on a road movie script the result might have been somewhat similar.” Sunday Telegraph

Walker is at a party where he meets Rachel. Two days later she turns up at his apartment. However it’s not Walker she wants , but her husband Malory who has gone missing. She wants Walker to find him. So begins this strange, beautiful, road-movie of a novel that takes the hero across the vast landscape of middle America on the trail of a man he has never met. And as Walker’s search grows in its weird intensity it seems that somebody else is following, searching for him too.

“A short, brilliant novel, The Search offers more in 150 pages than most books twice that length.” Guardian

“As elegant as a mathematical theorem correctly expressed.” Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times

“Phrases such as ‘postmodernist’, ‘film noir’ and ‘road movie’ will hover about this book in every review, as if writers had never used their minds’ eyes until the cinema came along. Besides Dyer’s talent for creating atmosphere, his economy with dialogue, he has an independent sense of structure that produces little in the way of recognisable plot. That contrariness, that refusal to resolve questions, will irritate those who suspect that Dyer’s challenging insights and studies of contemporary culture are compromising his storytelling; but he treads the fine line carefully, aware of the oddest of literary contradiction: we love the writer who tellss a story, but we trust the writer who remembers that’s all it is.’ Glyn Maxwell, Vogue

“Dyer’s surreal, hypnotic narrative confirms his status as one of Britain’s most original, inventive young writers.” New Woman

“Dyer injects an almost magical randomness into what ought to be the most conventional of tales, and gives us Surrealism where we might have expected Dirty Realism… It is a vivid and puzzling alternative to the everyday, and its after-image is hard to erase.” Erica Wagner, Spectator

“One of the best thriller scenarios I’ve ever read.” Tom Hiney, Independent

“A compelling tale in the road-move tradition… The pace is fast and the description so vivid it’s almost cinematic. Great stuff.’ Company Magazine

First published: UK, Hamish Hamilton, 1993

Current paperback edition: Abacus



From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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Forewords & Afterwords

Geoff Dyer introduces this survey of Jacob Holdt’s photographs of America in the 1970s.

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As Editor

When William Gedney died in 1989 at the age of 56 he was little known except to a few colleagues and curators. This book, co-edited by Geoff Dyer, reveals Gedney’s remarkable photographs as well as writings by him.

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