Stasiland: True Stories from behind the Berlin Wall

Stasiland: True Stories from behind the Berlin Wall

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by Anna Funder
     
 

It's Berlin in the 1990s. A city split for forty years by the Wall is trying to knit itself back together -- a city where former Stasi men and their victims now pass one another in the street, and where, just under the surface, the Nazi past now lies buried. When Anna Funder hears of ordinary people who resisted the fearsome Stasi -- the Communist regime's secret… See more details below

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It's Berlin in the 1990s. A city split for forty years by the Wall is trying to knit itself back together -- a city where former Stasi men and their victims now pass one another in the street, and where, just under the surface, the Nazi past now lies buried. When Anna Funder hears of ordinary people who resisted the fearsome Stasi -- the Communist regime's secret police -- she sets out to investigate the extraordinary stories from the underbelly of the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany. Funder finds Miriam Weber, imprisoned as a teenager after scaling the Berlin Wall, and Frau Paul, who never, ever wanted to be a hero. She visits the regime's cartographer, obsessed to this day with the Wall; she gets drunk with the legendary "Mik Jegger" of the east, rock star Klaus Renft, who was once declared by the authorities to "no longer exist." Then she finds former Stasi men, now coping with the end of their world -- men who spied on their families and friends, who irradiated people in order to keep track of them or stole pieces of their underwear to store in jars as "smell samples." A fiercely talented new writer, Funder has a novelist's eye for character and story. Stasiland is a lyrical, at times blackly funny look at courage, conscience and the extremes of what humans will do to one another.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862075801
Publisher:
Granta Books
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Germany 1945-90
Map of Berlin Wall 1961-89
1Berlin, Winter 19961
2Miriam10
3Bornholmer Bridge19
4Charlie31
5The Linoleum Palace47
6Stasi HQ54
7The Smell of Old Men67
8Telephone Calls76
9Julia Has No Story88
10The Italian Boyfriend98
11Major N.106
12The Lipsi118
13Von Schni--129
14The Worse You Feel139
15Herr Christian148
16Socialist Man155
17Drawing the Line168
18The Plate177
19Klaus184
20Herr Bock of Golm195
21Frau Paul204
22The Deal213
23Hohenschonhausen222
24Herr Bohnsack235
25Berlin, Spring 2000245
26The Wall253
27Puzzlers262
28Miriam and Charlie270
Some Notes on Sources283
Acknowledgments287

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