Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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Harper Collins, Sep 20, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterward the two Germanys reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder’s bestselling 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 sixteen-year-old; hears the heartbreaking story of Frau Paul, who was separated from her 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.

 

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User Review  - TheWasp - LibraryThing

Australian Anna Funder spent several years living in Germany. During that time she was told individual stories of peoples experiences living in East Germany while under Communist control and the Stasi secret police. Read full review

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User Review  - tandah - LibraryThing

'Stasiland' creeps up on you - and then it grips and shakes you and changes your view of history, and of the world. I hear given the massive political upheavals across the globe; there is a renewed ... Read full review

Contents

Berlin Winter1996
1
Miriam
10
Bornholmer Bridge
19
Charlie
31
The Linoleum Palace
47
Stasi HQ
54
The Smell of Old Men
67
Telephone Calls
76
Drawing the Line
168
CONTENTS CONTINUED 18 The Plate
177
Klaus
184
Herr Bock of Golm
195
Frau Paul
204
The Deal
213
Hohenschönhausen
222
Herr Bohnsack
235

Julia Has No Story
88
The Italian Boyfriend
98
Major N
106
The Lipsi
118
Von Schni
129
The Worse You Feel
139
Herr Christian
148
Socialist Man
155
Berlin Spring 2000
245
The Wall
253
Puzzlers
262
Miriam and Charlie
270
Some Notes on Sources
283
Acknowledgments
287
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Anna Funder is an Australian writer who grew up in Melbourne. She has worked as an international lawyer specializing in human rights and constitutional law. She is the prizewinning author of Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, which has been published in twenty countries and translated into sixteen languages. In 2004 Stasiland won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize, the most prestigious nonfiction award in the United Kingdom. All That I Am is her first novel. Anna Funder lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

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