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Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder
  

Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2004.

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It is hard to think of East Germany in colour, reading of the Stasi, their monstrous intrusion on the lives of the people, the overwhelming greyness predominates. Anna Funder’s stories show, that even with this burden, there were some sparks of life and colour to be found. Her stories too show how people live under repression; trying to survive but where the state had such a colossal reach into almost every home, trust and friendship were just some of the casualties of life behind the Wall.

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Written with wit and literary flair, Stasiland provides a riveting insight into life behind the wall from the underbelly of the former East Germany - The author meets Miriam, who as a 16-year-old might have started World War III, visits the man who painted the line which became the Berlin Wall and gets drunk with the legendary Mik Jegger of the East, once declared by the authorities to his face to no longer to exist ...

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Synopsis

Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out.

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An appealing blend of investigative and reflective reporting, with the narrative drive of powerful human-interest stories. . . . There is no denying Funder's journalistic talents.


About the Author

Anna Funder

Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in 1966. She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence at the Australia Centre in Potsdam. She lives in Sydney with her husband and baby.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2011

Author

Anna Funder

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Author's Website

annafunder.com/

Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

History
All Shortlists and Winners
The Real World
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

European history

Social & cultural history

ISBN

9781847083357

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