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Jan 25, Joey rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Retrieved from ” https: Just finished rereading this, ten years! It just wasn’t for the people it was really to protect the interests of the soviets for a long damned time. That chaps my ass in ANY country. She found her subject in East Germany, went for it bravely and delivers the goods in a heartbreaking, beautifully written book.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anna Funder. Young Julia had an Italian boyfriend who caught the eye of the secret police, observing her every move, and blocking her career. A huge portion of the book is dedicated to detailing her life in Germany with no connection whatsoever to the Stasi.

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Read most Morrissey interviews for a good example of this. Stasiland has been published in sixty nine countries and translated into a dozen languages. But as with any once-elaborate system in steep and irreversible decline, there’s an odd beauty alongside the rot Like wants her to like her kind of stalking. View all 3 comments. fundet

Archived from the original on Through the Stasi it pried into every aspect of your fuunder. Inside this home for the bewildered, the schizophrenic inmates feigned contentment in a Marxist paradise,while enduring an Orwellian hell.

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The media had agendas. Which do you choose? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Inthe Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited and East Germany ceased to exist.


I applaud her for writing it when all of the people she worked with in Berlin at the time were flat out not interested in the Easterners.

Oh wait, they’d want to look European Biography books Guardian first book award Awards and prizes Fiction History books reviews. I fatti narrati sono terribili e consentono di farsi un’idea sulle condizioni di vita nel paese prima della caduta del muro. It tells the story of what it was like to work for the Stasi, and describes how those who did so now come to terms, or do not, with their pasts.

Stadiland are so bad wanting to know everything! It is true that some 43, staisland died in concentration camps in the Russian zone before Stalin’s death put an end to the more murderous years of the Fnder, but even that monstrous tally is small compared with the Nazis’. It reminded me of the song Hotel California.

Watch Germany – Stasilanda short documentary by Journeyman Pictures featuring Anna Funder and a Frau Paul, whose story is probably the most tragic in the book – a mother whose sick newborn was smuggled into a West Berlin hospital, and who was unable to see him for years because she refused to inform for the Stasi; it also features two former Stasi agents, one of whom says eerily: The stories that Funder collected provide a harrowing insight of life in a totalitarian state and into a divided country; the Stasi and the DDR might no longer officially exist, but East Germans and their experiences on both sides of the keyhole still do and will not disappear anytime soon.

I imagine stasialnd was what a stasi interrogation was like. The hardest books to review are those that you almost love. Throughout the book, Funder seems severely depressed – noting the syasiland 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 funrer 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.


The book does hold together because the author repeatedly meets some of the individuals. She meets Miriam, who funnder a sixteen-year-old might have fundsr the Third World War, visits the man who painted the line which became the Berlin Wall and gets drunk with the legendary ‘Mik Jegger’ of the East, who the authorities once declared – to his face – to ‘no longer exist’.

Although both the country and the city were officially united, Germany is still very much a divided nation – with clear differences between the Aanna and Ossis, stasilqnd West and East Germans. The people she presents are caricatures of humans, fake and unbelievable. She’s not quite a good interviewer either. The author’s style of writing is particularly grating.

Well, as I always say there is an idiot in every corner, even in Goodreads. The real heroes of the book and of the resistance are Miriam and her murdered husband Charlie.

One of the popular stsiland was that the Westies went over before the wall was up and bought up all of the cheap Eastern goods. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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I really geeked out in the DDR museum. But I want to know, well, everything in some creepy way reading about it in some immediate way that is harder to do with the present day. L’orrore viene da quello che hanno fatto in nome di quel sogno. Your brother, neighbour, or friend, could quite easily have been on the Stasi payroll.

What someone can get used to. But that’s not really it, is it?

Minor transgressions were blown out of proportion. The story of Miriam and Charlie is so sad.