Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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Harper Collins, Nov 22, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight and in which one in fifty East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. She meets Miriam, who as a sixteen-year-old might have started World War III; she visits the man who painted the line that became the Berlin Wall; and she gets drunk with the legendary “Mik Jegger” of the East, once declared by the authorities to his face to “no longer exist.” Each enthralling story depicts what it’s like to live in Berlin as the city knits itself back together—or fails to. This is a history full of emotion, attitude and complexity.


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User Review  - Hanneri - LibraryThing

Having no knowledge of the destination before reading this book, Funder's guide to 'Stasiland' provided a compelling insight into life within enforced boundaries, under constant surveillance. Cleverly ... Read full review

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User Review  - nittnut - LibraryThing

I mostly enjoyed this look at East Germany in the decade after the wall came down. It was especially interesting to me because I remember watching all the events leading to the fall of the GDR unfold ... Read full review


1 Berlin Winter 1996
2 Miriam
3 Bornholmer Bridge
4 Charlie
5 The Linoleum Palace
6 Stasi HQ
7 The Smell of Old Men
19 Klaus
20 Herr Bock of Golm
21 Frau Paul
22 The Deal
23 Hohenschönhausen
24 Herr Bohnsack
25 Berlin Spring 2000
26 The Wall

8 Telephone Calls
9 Julia Has No Story
10 The Italian Boyfriend
11 Major N
12 The Lipsi
13 Von Schni
14 The Worse You Feel
15 Herr Christian
16 Socialist Man
17 Drawing the Line
18 The Plate
27 Puzzlers
28 Miriam and Charlie
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Anna Funder's international bestseller, Stasiland, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction. Her debut novel, All That I Am, has won many prizes, including the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award. Anna Funder lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and children.

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