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Summary

Anna Funder’s Samuel Johnson Prize-winning Stasiland is an Australian classic, the definitive account of tyranny and resistance in the former East Germany.

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited and East Germany ceased to exist.

Anna Funder’s best-selling Stasiland brings us extraordinary tales of real lives in the former East Germany. She meets Miriam, who tried to escape to West Berlin as a 16-year-old; hears the heartbreaking story of Frau Paul, who was separated from her young baby by the Berlin Wall; and gets drunk with the legendary ‘Mik Jegger’ of the East, once declared by the authorities - to his face - ‘no longer to exist’. And she meets the Stasi men themselves, still proud of their surveillance methods. Funder’s powerful account of that brutal world has become a contemporary classic.

©2002 Anna Funder (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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"Funder is a superb interviewer...she truly excels in the rendering of her sessions with former Stasi employees." (Sunday Times)

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A must read/listen

This book gives a humane insight into the horrors that affected the citizens of DDR. The extreme big brother surveillance. The arbitrary decisions made by local Stasi officials, that ruined the lives of the ordinary people. It is important to remember what actually happened. Especially since these things sometimes tends to be romanticized by some people. People who do not know the facts of history.

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fascinating take on a moment in history

fascinating take on life for the victims of the Stasi and stasi operatives and officers in the near aftermath of the DDR.

One flaw, please get the narrator a glass of water, and then edit out the bits of her clearing her mouth! i don’t want to listen ti drymouth.

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The social history of stasi terror

There are few books that focus specifically on the GDR and this is worth your time. The author is personable and sympathetic to the victims of the regime. My only criticism is that she doesn't really interview credible people who are ostalgic. Everyone who she interviews who have these views tend to be stasi men or crackpots.

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Absolutely brilliant

Fascinating from a historical standpoint and beautifully written. Can’t recommend highly enough and I want to read more by this writer.

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important History

This book should be in every school curriculum.
Socialism is fine in theory, but in practice it always ends in some form of "Stasiland".

Source: The twentieth century.

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great read to get a sense of like in the GDR

I enjoyed the ordinary stories that where at times totally unbelievable. get lost in stasiland.