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Preview — Stasiland by Anna Funder. A huge portion of the book is dedicated to detailing her life in Germany with no connection whatsoever to the Stasi. When the wife of the former host of the big DDR shows about the evil west Von something. How could you want sstasiland Advertisements are stasilad my goodreads page right now.

Did she take notes the whole time or how did she go about it? When she is interviewing she is constantly complaining about the time people are taking to tell stories, as if she is desperate for them to get to the point so that she can go back to the next round at the bar.

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. I pretty much count anyone who thinks that people who got fired stxsiland they got sick and lost their health insurance because they anma fired because they got sick are lazy are motherfucking assholes and The Stasi had files on everybody; most of them would have made dull reading.

I could have thought of way better stuff for it because I’m an American.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

Funder also interviews Stasi members stasioand had numerous different roles in the organisation. Jul 16, martin rated it liked it Shelves: The other main theme for me is the total unsureness from a united Germany on what to do with its not so distant past. Did she translate them, or did someone else do it? Thanks for signing up!


The Stasi possessed much larger forces than the Gestapo, but they were not its equals in terror. Like she needed them to do it more than anything else. They screwed themselves over by letting their own companies go after the wall fell because they wanted the nicer packaging.

The targets were under constant surveillance, and Stasi agents had access to their most personal information: Anna Funder tells extraordinary stories from the underbelly of the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany.

The spy’s the limit

Stasiland has it all including heroism, laughter, brutalitypsycholgy and compassion in a beautiful and intriguing read. The reason why for the horror romance is something difficult for me to put my finger on.

As the most visibly catastrophic wreckage of the Cold War, the gray horror of life in the German Democratic Republic– East Germany was carefully choreographed by the security apparatus, the Stasi.

One encounter leads to another. I read about new eugenics and damn I suspect a lot of people of creepy shit stirring in their hearts or their loins, as they’d have it. Published January 15th by Granta Books Uk first published She unfolds her process and the ways she was emotionally and psychologically affected by what she discovers while trying to make some sense of the horror for herself and the reader.

I’m not that cool to know any Talking Head. There is a conflict – do we go on and just forget the past and get on with the new, or do we dredge through it and expose exactly what occurred?

A bit more research wouldn’t have done the book any harm. I’m inclined to think it is what David Foster Wallace wrote in The Pale King about people wanting a parental figure to do all of their thinking for them. Their dads and moms put them in their special schools, mandatory service and what not. I think the flaws are because she bit off more than she could chew with this project.

So overall I was glad I read this even if it did leave me somehow unsatisfied. Stasiland is much better. And fear remains, because even after the wall has been torn down and one should be able to reason that life could never, ever return to the way it had been I believe this book shows accurately how people’s lives were forever altered.


Among the brave, reluctant heroes who railed against this tyranny was Miriam, a woman whose break for freedom put her in prison while still a teenager.

X Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. The basics of state control were expanded to previously unimaginable heights with the Stasi’s network of informants and secret police.

She lives in Sydney with her husband and family.

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The only thing I learned from this book is that ‘interviewing random people you found by way of a newspaper article asking for elderly Stasi collaborators without doing any fact-checking will not lead you to any sort of useful information.

Just like the stasi, Mariel!

To view it, click here. I felt as bad for these kids. The book is crammed full of moments like this, and it seems skeevy and dirty, and not at all truthful or realistic. Too much she goes back to this. But that’s not really it, is it? Any attempt to achieve success in East Germany involved a pact with the devil – you paid with your soul if you wanted to attend a university, enter a sports-club, become a lawyer or a clergyman or marry a foreigner – like Funder’s friend Julia.

She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. As I already alluded to, she breathlessly reports these stories from random people who she meets t I had really high hopes and expectations with regard to this book.

The stasi was there to protect the party FROM the people. Two armies kept things in check: