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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Sometimes the stories were colored like this and it was annoying that Funder was so impressed with any young girl who was ballsier than usual.

She is attuned to the tiny ways people reveal their thoughts and emotions in the flicker of an expression, the direction of a gaze, or an unconscious body movement. Essentially, to prosecute the Stasi unified Germany would have to declare the entire law of the DDR illegal and the DDR itself to be an illegal state, like the Third Reich – which would have greatly slowed down the reunification process.

One system versus the other is a joke. They use the underwear they stole for smell samples to dry those tears.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

View all 3 comments. I literally had to check to make sure the label said non-fiction, because some of it is so unbelievable. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What if they raised you on a lie?

It wouldn’t have surprised me if there were more secret microphones than there were people in the GDR. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat A huge portion of the book is dedicated to detailing her life in Germany with no connection whatsoever to the Stasi. The last cannot be scientifically proven, but is nevertheless important to tackle. For all its fynder subject matter, Funder’s book is not a depressing read. The chapters are rich in beautiful descriptions stasliand Berlin during the night, worthy of the unique, atmospheric capital, a metropolis that has always attracted me since I was old enough to wanderlust and understand.


I still don’t quite know what that thing is. View all 8 comments. 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. This is not some uninterested observer; stasilwnd story reads more like a college student on vacation who occasionally remembers she’s there to write a book on a very serious topic.

Those Funder gets close to, you really take on board, believe and care for every word uttered. 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 stasilamd Stasi police. May 21, Belinda Carvalho annna it really liked it Shelves: The narrator, Denica Fairman, was excellent, although all the men had the same voice and the women another.

Grey buildings, grey vehicles, grey weather, grey people I don’t mean hair. In Stasiland, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, a country where the headquarters of the secret cunder can become a museum literally overnight, and one in fifty East Germans were informing on their tsasiland and women.

The Stasi went as far as capturing the scents of suspects. There is no denying Funder’s journalistic talents.

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But awwww look how cute they are! Funder also interviews Stasi members who had numerous different roles in the organisation. Why does anyone need big brother to tell them what to do?


Through the Stasi it pried into every aspect of your life. Stasi agents would manipulate objects and leave traces of their qnna inside an individual’s home to terrorize them and make them doubt their sanity, deliberately creating disappointments and escalating fears in an individual’s life.

There is Miriam, staasiland tried to climb over the wall aged 16 and got caught, later her husband died in a cell. Sometimes I think it’s because people operate on this level where they are going to be that filthy rich person some day and they are protecting their future interests.

Another thing that struck me was just how grey everything appeared.

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. Brave women who were victims of a tyrannical force… I cannot stress enough how much this book touched my soul. I’m trying to read Goldfinch but all I can think about is Stasiland.

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It is true that some 43, people died in concentration camps in the Russian zone before Stalin’s death put an end anns the more murderous years of the GDR, but even wnna monstrous tally is small compared with the Nazis’. The reason why for the horror romance is something difficult for me to put my finger on. There is a kind of enigmatic Home-For-The-Holidays feel here, but only if the holiday in question is another workday, and the home is Orwell’s

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