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. “Stasiland demonstrates that great.

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Anna Funder, Stasiland, Berlin – TheTLS

There are the grisly details like the Smell Jars sstasiland Radiation Tagging too reminiscent of recent story of Mr Litvinenkothe nightmare of the Wall and the upside-down logic of the Security State. Inside this home for the bewildered, the schizophrenic inmates feigned contentment in a Marxist paradise,while enduring an Orwellian hell.

The 1,year Reich lasted 12 years, the GDR Bali, something like that. Why can’t they, I don’t know, regulate that shit like they are supposed to? They didn’t rise up en masse before then. La Funder raccoglie le esperienze di persone vissute poco prima degli anni 90 nella repubblica democratica staziland di molti ex-ispettori della Stasi. Venghino siori venghino ad incontrare coloro che stavano dall’altra stasilanv di quel vetro, di quei microfoni, di quelle sbarre: Retrieved from ” https: Vastly unknown to most, this makes for a fascinating read, in places it even reads like a thrilling novel.

The circumstances of her husband’s death and doubts surrounding the whereabouts of his remains continue to haunt her. I believe this book shows accurately how people’s lives were forever altered. The hardest books to review are those that you almost love. All That I Am has been published in twenty countries and spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, appearing several times at number one.


I thought it would be an insider’s look into the seedy, corrupt, disgusting practices of the East German secret police. The Stasi guarded and secured the rule of East Germany’s Communist Party for four decades, during which it seeped into every tiny crevice of East German society.

Anyway, in my Germanpod podcast the German host said that Germans didn’t care about politics and were cynical about it because it was choosing between two evils.

The spy’s the limit

She is overly privileged and way too reactive; about the worst ‘journalist’ you could imagine. She found them living in the same drab houses in compounds on the outskirts of Potsdam; the same stained Plattenbauten – or high rise blocks – in East Berlin; and frequenting the same pubs they did in their glory days. Such a person cannot bear the thought of ever being pinned down again. Retrieved from ” https: And one of the most heart felt accounts was snna Frau Paul, a woman who’s baby lies in a West Berlin hospital, now out of reach because of the blasted wall going up.

Anna Funder » Stasiland

It’s as if she is a washed up novelist who failed to get sales, so she turned to something else, but continued to cling to her hackneyed characters and terrible metaphors. It’s growing each year”. Everything you were told was a lie.

I’m trying to read Goldfinch but all I can think about is Stasiland. It examines how unreliable memory can be, and with what and whose perspective we look at history. Take a walk through Berlin today and you’ll have a job finding evidence that this was once a divided city. It’s like that tv show with Tim Roth the name escapes me right now.


The side that says things are that bad and then when it is because you’re the one that fell through the cracks.

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? We join her in Potsdam. The people in charge kind of stayed in charge, for the most part much like how top DDR peeps were Nazis.

She unfolds her process and the ways she was emotionally and psychologically affected by what she discovers while trying to make some sense of the horror for herself and the reader.

William the Impetuous is published by Weidenfeld. The people she presents are caricatures of humans, fake and unbelievable. Only after five years did her child come to live with her.

Anna Funder

Go to sleep and dream of the high tech future we will never give you! As I already alluded to, she breathlessly reports these stories from random people who she meets through newspaper advertisements, and writes every word they stasioand as if it is unvarnished truth.

I know Funser said I wasn’t going to use the word “fascinating” again for a while but I can’t help it, it IS. No guilt, power on! With no way out. She becomes a friend and slowly they open up to her. Instead, it’s a tired and thinly-worn collection of super-boring and petty tall-tales from random people that haven’t been fact-checked or verified in any way.

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