Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

by Anna Funder

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ISBN-13: 9780062077325
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 225,165
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anna Funder's international bestseller, Stasiland, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction. Her debut novel, All That I Am, has won many prizes, including the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award. Anna Funder lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and children.

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Stasiland : Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Claude59 More than 1 year ago
Written in first person, gives a detail account of several people the author met, some victims, and others that worked or informed for the Stasi. If you ever wondered what went on in East Germany, this is the book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The summary is misleading. This basically the story of reporter interviewing people who used to work directly or indirectly with the East German government. It is a good book, but not better that several other books. Please forgive my spelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having lived in the former East Germany,this book shed light on things our friends wouldnt talk about. It is extremely well written and a fascinating read that lets you really understand how life was in the DDR. I would recommend this to anyone.
Sarek1 More than 1 year ago
A book that confirms ones worst expectations. Well worth the read!
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Good StuffFascinating and brutally honestLearned so much interesting historical information that I am sad to say I never knew Funder's style of writing is very unique and personalDisturbing that these events happened and the people of East Germany had to live under these conditionsMany sides of the stories are told, which make it a book you want to discuss Very raw and vivid - no sanitizing of stories to make them more palatable - real and honestAuthor has obvious respect and compassion for her interview subjects Author extremely observant about minute details that can often tell a story (eg mannerisms, tone of voice)Some wonderful stories of resistance, sacrifice and bravery by ordinary peopleThe Not So Good StuffQuite depressing at times, I felt myself never wanting to visit Germany at allSo heartbreakingly sad and horrific that I had to keep putting it downSome further readings would be niceFavorite Quotes/Passages"I can only describe it as horror-romance. It's a dumb feeling, but I don't want to shake it. The romance comes from the dream of a better world that the German Communists wanted to build out of the ashes of their Nazi past; from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. The horror comes from what they did in its name.""We laugh at the improbability of it, of someone barely more than a child poking about in Beatrix Potter's garden by the wall, watching out for Mr McGregor and his blunderbuss, and lookng for a step-ladder to scale one of the most fortified borders on earth. We both like the girl shew was, and I like the women she has become.""The hairs on my forearms stand up. I have stopped looking at Julia now because in this dimness she ceased addressing her words to me some time ago. I am humbled for reasons I cannot at this moment unravel. I am outraged for her, and vaguely guilty about my relative luck in life."Who Should/Shouldn't ReadFor those with an interest in German HistoryAnyone could benefit from a read of this - history comes alive and you see the personal toil of a Orwellian Government4 Dewey'sI received this from HarperCollins in Exchange for an Honest Review
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