Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall (Paperback)
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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 01/09/2011

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WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

'A heartbreaking, beautifully written book. A classic for sure' Claire Tomalin, Guardian

Extraordinary true stories of those who lived in East Germany.

Travel through the remains of East Germany with Anna Funder as she meets the people who lived in the GDR before the fall of the wall. There is Miriam, condemned as an enemy of the state at sixteen. She hears the heartbreaking story of Frau Paul, who was separated from her young baby by the Berlin Wall. And she gets drunk with the legendary 'Mik Jegger' of the East, a man once declared by the authorities - to his face - to no longer exist.

Then she meets the Stasi themselves - men and women who spied on their families and friends - people who, despite everything, are still loyal to the vanished regime and who long for the return of Communism.

Stasiland is a gripping portrait of the horror and the absurdities of state oppression. In a world of total surveillance, its celebration of resilience and resistance is as potent as ever.

'A brilliant and necessary book about oppression and history ... Here is someone who knows how to tell the truth' Rachel Cusk

'Superb... Funder skillfully deploys fictional techniques to make the material jump off the page... Vividly conveyed [with] flashes of humour too' Independent on Sunday

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847083357
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

These rigorously researched, tenderly told stories of life inside East Germany won the Samuel Johnson prize a decade ago... Funder illuminates her subjects with humanity... remarkable investigative journalism - Arifa Akbar, Independent

Anna Funder's Stasiland demonstrates that great, original reporting is still possible. She found her subject in East Germany, went for it bravely and delivers the goods in a heartbreaking, beautifully written book. A classic for sure - Claire Tomalin, Guardian

A brilliant and necessary book about oppression and history ... Here is someone who knows how to tell the truth - Rachel Cusk, Evening Standard

Superb... Funder skilfully deploys fictional techniques to make the material jump off the page: crafted scenes with their own story-arcs, naturalistic dialogue, fully-realised characters with their own plotlines... Vividly conveyed [with] flashes of humour too - Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

A journey into the bizarre, scary, secret history of the former East Germany that is both relevant and riveting - Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times

In Stasiland, her first book, [Funder] spiritedly plunges herself into "this land gone wrong" and attempts to understand a regime like the German Democratic Republic through the stories of ordinary men and women, "not just the activists or the famous writers". The result is a terrific act of life-giving to a people - 17 million of them - who have hitherto lacked not just a voice but an audience - Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph

Written with rare literary flair. I can think of no better introduction to the brutal reality of East German repression - Sunday Telegraph

Funder is a superb interviewer ... she truly excels in the rendering of her sessions with former Stasi employees.This foreign perspective adds a unique dimension to Stasiland. Funder seems to be asking all the questions East and West Germans should be asking themselves. In the book's stunning opening, she describes herself being hungover in Berlin and bumping into things on the street: "Tomorrow bruises will develop on my skin, like a picture from a negative." It is a perfect description of the astonishing effect Stasiland has on the reader: a slow-motion understanding of decades of human pain and cruelty - Elena Lappin, Sunday Times

The best account of the strange, secretive place on the other side of the wall - William Leith, Evening Standard

These are haunting accounts of an Orwellian time through which no one lived through without paying a high personal price - Alastair Mabbott, Herald

These encounters with survivors are harrowing and, until this book, almost forgotten - Fiona Wilson, The Times

Funder skilfully deploys fictional techniques to make the material jump off the page: naturalistic dialogue, fully-realised characters with their own plotlines. It conveys a grim atmosphere - but there are flashes of humour too - Brandon Robshaw, Irish Independent

Compelling... A fascinating book made all the more affecting by Funder's writing, making non-fiction read like a novel - SJ Watson ‘My six best books’, Daily Express

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“Fascinating Look at Life in Former East Germany”

Real life accounts from both sides of life in former East Germany. A powerful and absorbing read made all the more remarkable by the fact that all of it is true.

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“Good but not Great”

The concept is interesting: to investigate what life was like in the Stasi-dominated East Germany. The author does, indeed, unearth a number of former members of that organisation and some of their victims. But she... More

Paperback edition
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“Captivating”

This was a gripping and and fascinating look at life in East Germany. Raw and thought provoking -- I would highly recommend.

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