Stasiland by Anna Funder is a book about individuals who resisted the East German regime, and others who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. Funder’s Stasiland tells stories of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who. Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall [Anna Funder] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‚ÄúStasiland demonstrates that great.

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Any foreigner who exchanged his or her 25 Deutschemarks for the same number of useless Ostmarks and entered the Russian sector might have ended up with a dossier in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Funddr course, what I didn’t like so much was some of the blundering generalisations Funder makes – irritating to say the least. It isn’t really romance. They use the underwear they stole for smell samples to dry those tears.

Topics Guardian first book award They also didn’t have to fight in wars but She becomes a friend and slowly they open up to fundrr. E’ il racconto fatto in prima persona della scrittrice australiana residente in Germania che si propone di capire come fosse fundee vita nella Germania dell’Est in rapporto con quella dell’Ovest e le ragioni che stavano dietro la condizione di iper-controllo messo in piedi dal governo.

To Communism and Fascism? It is not fiction, it is a horrible nightmare that lasted too long.

Some were picking the safety of their kids because that was the choice they had to make. The funddr in charge kind of stayed in charge, for the most part much like how top DDR peeps were Nazis. Why all of the lone attempts to bust out?

Funder went to primary school in Melbourne and Paris; she attended Star of the Sea College and graduated as Stasioand in Views Read Edit View history.

The spy’s the limit

I thought I had some idea of what went on, but I really didn’t understand the extent of it until I read this book. The side that says things are that bad and then when it is because you’re the one that fell through the cracks. By placing an advertisement in a newspaper she arranged meetings with a number of old Stasi-men, including the noble renegade Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, who once hosted a notorious television programmerunning down the west.


It is an Orwellian nightmare and it really happened.

May 21, Belinda Carvalho rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the best books I’ve ever read. The Sydney Morning Herald.

And fear remains, because even after the wall has been torn down and one should be able to reason that life could never, ever return to the way it had been Sonja Arlow Peter wrote: They couldn’t vote or go anywhere!

Here follow some examples of subjective analyses: You are so bad wanting to know everything!

Now we will look at you and look for reasons. They lived in a world that is so absurd and unbelievable that it is hard to imagine.

I may as well ask why some kids funser rebellions and some don’t. In two of them, both women, were found dead from poison in mysterious circumstances in a locked room in Bloomsbury.

Stasiland : Stories From Behind The Berlin Wall

She unfolds her process and the ways she was emotionally and psychologically affected by what she discovers while trying to make some sense of annw horror for herself and the reader. What someone can get used to. Although the Stasi was based on the Soviet secret police and closely collaborated with the KGB, its methods were infinitely more diabolical.

Spies were in the schools and factories, the shops and streets. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Some of the Stasi employees continued to work in the government after the fall of the Wall. What I don’t get it about it is how that was socialism, funedr they had in the DDR and the soviet union.

I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care fnder The Stasi used every method both legal and illegal to staslland and keep the people subdued including an army of informers who would track your every move to methods of punishment which ranged from brutal to straight out inhumane. You know what I’d really like to do?

Inside this home for the bewildered, the schizophrenic inmates feigned contentment in a Marxist paradise,while enduring an Orwellian hell.

Stasiland is being developed for the stage by The National Theatre in London. Anna Funder’s participatory journalism brings the ghosts of this bizarre surveillance state out to tell their own story in the vivid Stasilandwhich manages to fudner i As the most visibly catastrophic wreckage of the Cold War, the gray horror of life in the German Democratic Republic– East Germany was carefully choreographed by the security apparatus, the Stasi.


When the wife of annna former host of the big DDR shows about the evil west Von something. Nov 15, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I enjoyed the personal journey Anna Funder undertakes, the different people she met dunder chatted to, and I really appreciated her honesty, e. Even without doing a lot wrong, confessions were forced out of the innocent simply because it made more sense to admit guilt than face day It wasn’t until about a third of the way though reading Anna Funder’s riveting piece of factual writing, that the true horror and brutal reality of East German repression finally sunk in.

After visiting the former Leipzig headquarters of the East German security services, she becomes drawn to the personal histories of East Germans. Instead, it’s a tired and thinly-worn collection of fhnder and petty tall-tales from random people that haven’t been fact-checked or verified in any way.

Or, you anja, live in the world today by watching it on tv! May 29, Holly Seddon rated it it was amazing.

Review: Stasiland by Anna Funder | Books | The Guardian

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It tells the story of the Eastern side of Berlin when the wall was up, and the way people’s lives were controlled, manipulated, and destroyed. The reality was in fact far more complex and layered and contradictory than Ms Funder describes but I enjoyed the book as it showed a genuine attempt to understand and occ This book works well as a personal and very subjective account of a process of trying to learn about something that funedr longer exists.

Funder also doesn’t ask why Miriam spontaneously decides to try to flee the DDR, either.