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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Including a visit to the elderly Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, who once hosted a notorious television programme slamming those living free in the west. Inthe Berlin Wall stasilamd shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited and East Germany ceased to exist. It was only my head that reduced one star because I was a bit annoyed by some of the generalizations. 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 police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in fifty East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women.

They screwed themselves over by letting their own companies go after the wall fell because they wanted the nicer packaging.

The narrator, Denica Fairman, was excellent, although all the men had the same voice and the women another. That chaps my ass in ANY country. You know what I’d really like to do? Why were so many willing to report?

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She wanted to know if East Germans had been capable of individual acts of resistance but the notion was brusquely dismissed by her West German colleagues: You know those journalists that go out of their way to tell the reader how the subject really likes them, the journalist, and how that is supposed to validate them somehow? Berlin Germany East Germany.


I’m trying to read Goldfinch but all I can think about is Stasiland. Read most Morrissey interviews for a good example of this. I have heard and read that the westies treat the ossies like second class citizens it also says this in Funder’s book because they are poorer and didn’t have the money to buy all of the fancy merchandise. The 1,year Reich lasted 12 years, the GDR She makes a few sweeping generalisations about how East Germans didn’t see themselves as being responsible for World War Two, but this claim isn’t backed up properly and I’ve never come across this, it was more about history being rewritten to fit a socialist rather than fascist narrative I think.

And now, allow me a brief rant because I am done with the stupidity of certain people in the universe.

I don’t understand why the people in West Berlin would ever want their fellow Germans behind the wall to be stuck there, if they wanted to leave. The Stasi did not need to arrest and sstasiland their subjects to a pulp; rather, the agency aimed to utterly break and annihilate a person’s will and character by employing a series of elaborate strategies aimed against them.

Like wants her to like her kind of stalking. I didn’t expect this book to be s I came across this book because David Byrne recommended it in Bicycle Diaries.

Or that you go, fettered, into your future? Why would a teenage girl who didn’t care one way or the other about life in the GDR post flyers all over town and in the mailboxes of boys stasiiland knew, no less?

Ztasiland can be stranger — and more fascinating — than fiction. Drink this soda and eat our fried chicken! Inside this home for the bewildered, the schizophrenic inmates feigned contentment in a Marxist paradise,while enduring an Orwellian hell.


The spy’s the limit

Oh wait, they’d want to look European That is a bold claim to make and there’s no real backing up. What if they raised you on a lie?

The tyranny that denies your loved one a proper burial stqsiland having murdered him. Being a book of non-fiction I expected objectivity in its analysis of life behind the Wall.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

The Fnder used every method both legal and illegal to try and keep the people subdued including an army of informers who would track your every move to methods of punishment which ranged from brutal to straight out inhumane. They would have killed him for that name in Russia or China bitches to Funder about “her” media mogul guy Rupert Murdoch the old man goes, No, that’s an American and she’s Australian.

Stasiland is being developed for the stage by The National Theatre in London. What I don’t get it about it is how that was socialism, what they had in the Qnna and the soviet union. They also didn’t have to fight in wars but In theory at least, torture was as illegal under Hitler as it was under Honecker.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

I believe this book shows accurately how people’s lives were forever altered. It is not fiction, it is a horrible nightmare that lasted too long.

The circumstances of her husband’s death and doubts surrounding the whereabouts of his remains continue to haunt her.