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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If you’ve got nothing to hide View all 6 comments. Don’t talk because my LCD flat screen made me buy this smart annx As for everyone else, they were pretty much screwed. Australia Council for the Arts.

Stasiland – Wikipedia

Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in I want to make myself really clear. It was all poor us, we have to share. I mean, after what happened with Hitler. Just like they didn’t have prostitution?

Stasiland : Stories From Behind The Berlin Wall

I lived in the GDR for a year as a student back in the s. She is overly privileged and way too reactive; about the worst ‘journalist’ you stailand imagine.

Being a book of non-fiction I expected objectivity in its analysis of life behind the Wall. Apr 01, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is Miriam, who tried to climb over the wall aged 16 and got caught, later her husband died in a cell.

It sure as shit isn’t schadenfreude. Or if you’ve seen The Wire, it’s “juking the stats”. I learned a LOT about what it was like to live in the DRG and at times had to shake my head laughing at the sheer pettiness of the Stasi police.


The spy’s the limit

Anna Funder born is an Australian author. Some were picking the safety of their kids because that was the choice they had to make. Julia misses the DDR because she would not have been raped because that sort of thing didn’t happen really?

Among the brave, reluctant heroes who railed against this tyranny was Miriam, a woman whose break for freedom put her in prison while still a teenager. Grey buildings, grey vehicles, grey weather, grey people I don’t mean hair.

I had heard that it is quite a controversial book, especially in Germany, and thus I didn’t quite know what to expect. Throughout the book, Funder seems severely depressed – noting the seemingly always grey and cold weather, and drinking a lot of alcohol – but I don’t blame her; the people who talk to her have horrifying stories to tell; those who were persecuted by the Stasi at various points in their lives and can’t forget the abuse that they suffered in the DDR, and those who used to work for the Stasi out of personal conviction and refuse to acknowledge that the DDR no longer exist.

I felt as bad for these kids. That is how I reacted; I thought it was amazing and astounding what the author depicted through this book. But there were quite a few of these ridiculous statements. This article about a non-fiction book on German history is a stub. Thankfully, Funder’s writing never lacks colour, it’s full of vibrancy, and the book flows supremely well from one moment to the next.


The author’s style of writing is particularly grating.

The lack of research is a real flaw BUT I also feel it is what makes this book stand out as an absolutely amazing piece of non-fiction, perhaps one of the most moving pieces of non-fiction I’ve read second only to another account of Communist tyranny, The Wild Swans.

Poor people who bitch about other poor people. Only after five years did her child come to live with her. She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. I can’t think of anything better than what Anna Funder came up with to describe the fascination with life in the DDR, behind the Berlin wall and under the microscope real perverts use petrie dishes.

I’m not that cool to know any Talking Head. Just like the stasi, Mariel! Non l’ho mai trovato noioso o prolisso, nonostante i molti dati riportati, e mai ridondante, nonostante le svariate persone intervistate.

These are minor parts, I did like her other interludes and her florid writing style. Interesting stailand, though a bit overrated imo. Retrieved 9 November