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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Anna Funder was a research journalist in Berlin who after some jarring accounts of the brutality of the Stasi,and German regime, began informally interviewing ex-Stasi members well we presume they are ex-Stasi members, she doesn’t seem to have verified a lot of the research. Chris Mitchell of Spike Magazine called it “an essential insight into the totalitarian regime”. I felt as bad for these kids. And what a history.

In this book, Anna Funder tells extraordinary stasialnd from the underbelly of the former East Germany, including the story of Miriam, who as a year-old might have started World War III. Read most Morrissey interviews for a good example of this. There are the grisly details like the Smell Jars and Radiation Tagging too reminiscent of recent story of Mr Litvinenkothe nightmare of the Wall and the upside-down logic of the Security State.

I don’t think it is what Funder writes about that they had the hope for the future, for something better. Which do you choose? 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.

Stasiland : Stories From Behind The Berlin Wall

I didn’t expect this book to be s I came across this book because David Byrne recommended it in Bicycle Diaries. I pretty much count anyone who thinks that people who got fired because they got sick and lost their health insurance because they were fired because they got sick are lazy are motherfucking assholes and The reality was in fact far more complex and layered and contradictory than Ms Funder describes but I enjoyed the book as it showed a genuine attempt to understand and occ This book works well as a personal and very subjective account of a process of trying to learn about something that no longer exists.


But Nevertheless, I was captivated from start to finish. As she speaks it is as if her existence is no longer real to her in itself, more like a living epitaph to a life that was. It’s like that tv show with Tim Roth the name escapes me right now. Books by Anna Funder.

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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in Book ratings by Goodreads. A classic for sure. I feel horror something about what could happen, what did happen, what I probably don’t know about and then about people mixed in and what it is like for them. And I think because Stasiland is a personal book and it never seeks to be objective in xnna sense a history book might aim to be, Anna Funder is in a position to take sides and becomes This was quite a fascinating book, especially since it’s a bit of a walk down memory lane for me.

What I don’t staslland it about it is how that was socialism, what they had in the DDR and the soviet union. The thing that most suprised me reading what they had to say was how many of them were living in denial about what they had done and many were still living there lives as the Wall had never fallen.

How could you ever trust popular opinion again? Anthony Dunn “Stasiland” goes way beyond merely the mechanics of the wall. The East German Stasi was the world’s best and most efficient secret police, the textbook definition of the omnipresent Big Brother. Um, I don’t care? To view it, click here. There is much humour and even affection in her portraits of the handful of Stasi-men she meets. I liked Funder for saying he was Aussie and is American now but it would have been even better if she said he was everyone’s bane because he so is.


Of the population around seventeen million people as many as one in every 6. The targets were under constant surveillance, and Stasi agents had access to their most personal information: Okay, so good book but it wasn’t five stars because it wasn’t the DDR book of my dreams.

Berlin Germany East Germany. One encounter leads to another. But as Anna Funder discovered, the grim monument that once defined the city still looms large in many Berliners’ minds. The gift shop was pretty lame though. Another thing that struck me was just how grey everything appeared.

By placing an advertisement in a newspaper she arranged meetings with a number of old Stasi-men, including the noble renegade Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, who once hosted a notorious television programmerunning down the west. They couldn’t vote or go anywhere! The author is not impartial. You know what I’d really like to do?

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Do they have to cheat and lie and screw over? The Stasi possessed much larger forces than the Gestapo, but they anma not its equals in terror. I know many other readers don’t. Although the Stasi was based on the Soviet secret police and closely collaborated with the KGB, its methods were infinitely more diabolical.

Clinging to their faded notions of self-importance, these spies who came in from the Cold War are eager to tell their stories: Well, as I always say there is an idiot in every corner, even in Goodreads. Languages Norsk Svenska Edit links.

Who looks like who? I came across this book because David Byrne recommended it in Bicycle Diaries. While many dont want to hear anything about the GDR and the Stasi others do as the country struggles with having had two toltarian regimes in the last 60 odd years.