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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Goodreads helps you keep fudner of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Stasiland by Anna Funder. Inthe Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited and East Germany ceased to exist.
In this book, Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, including the story of Miriam, who as a year-old might have started World War III.
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
Paperbackpages. Published January 15th by Granta Books Uk first published Berlin Germany East Germany. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Stasilandplease sign up. I’m trying to read Goldfinch abna all I can think about is Stasiland. Given that life is so short, should I feekl guilty about re-reading a book when there are so many new books?
This is one of the best books around. Stasiland is much better. No guilt, power on! Is the book good because i like book about the Berlin Wall? Anthony Dunn “Stasiland” goes way beyond merely the mechanics of the wall. It deals with the mindset and psychology of those who viewed it as a means of “defending …more “Stasiland” goes way beyond merely the mechanics of the wall. It deals with the mindset and psychology of those who viewed it as a means of “defending their state” and their “world view” and the experiences, at the hands of the DDR ‘s organs of state control, of those who took a different view.
See all 4 questions about Stasiland…. Lists with This Book. Someone has thrown him a roll of bandages, but he lies immobile and bleeding. It is not fiction, it is a horrible nightmare that ann too long. That should have never been created in the first place. Hang on to power at all costs! Without it, you are nothing! Did they send them up the line for ufnder Her chronicle of the events leading to the fall of the Wall is shuttering, so vivid it makes your heart pound loudly.
We think we know all there is to know about the GDR experiment and the Stasi but we may be deceived. The tyranny that denies your loved one a proper burial after having murdered him. You are seeking work! In the dark, this could be any city, in any normal place. She creates a background painted in grey colours, a scenery that is strangely beautiful and darkly fascinating in its bleakness.
The chapters are rich in beautiful descriptions of Berlin during the night, worthy of the unique, atmospheric capital, a metropolis that has always attracted me since I was old enough to wanderlust and understand. We join her in Potsdam. Staskland talks about the Herculean task of the ones responsible for recreating the shredded Stasi files.
About doping, constant surveillance, the propaganda against the West, fumder disappearing citizens. She gives voice to people who want to forget and to others who want everyone to remember. Miriam, Julia, Frau Paul. Brave women who were victims of a tyrannical force… I cannot stress enough how much this book touched my soul. It is written in a language that may remind you of an exquisite literary work but it is not. It is a chronicle, a memoir of the finest kind.
And now, allow me a brief rant because I am done with the stupidity of certain people in the universe. Have they even paid attention? What did they expect, I wonder? A hymn to one of the most horrible human creations? To Communism and Fascism? Because the two are two sides of the same coin. Well, as I always say there is an idiot in every corner, even in Goodreads.
Pay no attention to the lovers of a twisted fnder. Or that you go, fettered, into your future? View all 14 comments.
The spy’s the limit
stasilznd It wasn’t until about a third of the way though reading Anna Funder’s riveting piece of factual writing, that the true horror and brutal reality of East German repression finally sunk in. Of the population around seventeen million people as many as one in every 6. As for everyone else, they were pretty much screwed.
Even without doing a lot wrong, confessions were forced out of the innocent simply because it made more sense to admit guilt than face day It wasn’t until about a third of the way though reading Anna Funder’s riveting piece of factual writing, that the true horror and brutal reality of East German repression finally sunk in.
Even without doing a lot wrong, confessions were forced out of the innocent simply because it made more sense to admit guilt than face ffunder after day after day without any sleep. The methods of gaining information out of those who were accused of going against the GDR was truly shocking.
They broke you down, into a weak emotional wreck, exhausted in mind as well as body. With no way out. Here, Funder gets to meet not only the ordinary men and woman who some how got through life in the secret State, but also actual Stasi qnna, some of whom didn’t come across as the monsters they once were. All along, even going back to the days of the Nazis, grotesque history has a habit of lurking beneath the shiny surface, influencing both the present and the future, Funder, an Australian, experienced this while living in post-reunification Berlin fumder time in the mid s.
After visiting the former Leipzig headquarters of the East German security funxer, she becomes drawn to the personal histories of East Funser. And what a history. Vastly unknown to most, this makes for a fascinating read, in places it even reads like a thrilling novel.
Those Funder gets close to, you really take on board, believe and care for every word uttered. The reader becomes Funder, you are there in the room. The whole experience was a lyrical mixture of the sad, the shocking, the unbelievable, but also strangely, the funny and bizarre.
The amount of sophisticated spying that when on was just staggering. It wouldn’t have surprised me if there were more secret microphones than there were people in the GDR.
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Funder places an add in a paper looking for those willing to speak stassiland her, and it’s not long before the phone starts ringing off the hook. One encounter leads to another. There is Miriam, who tried to climb over the wall aged 16 and got caught, later her husband died in a cell.
Young Julia had an Italian boyfriend who caught the eye of the secret police, observing her every move, and blocking her career. And one of the most heart felt accounts was of Frau Paul, a woman who’s baby lies in a West Berlin hospital, now out of reach because of stasilannd blasted wall going up. Once she starts talking to ex-Stasi later in the book, and learning stasilabd just what it was like day to day, the intrigue is upped to another level.
Including a visit to the elderly Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, who once hosted a notorious television programme slamming those living free in the west. It was however, a brave man or woman who drew attention to the brutality of East German prisons.
Your brother, neighbour, or friend, could quite easily have been on the Stasi payroll. Another thing that struck me was just how grey everything appeared. Grey buildings, grey vehicles, grey weather, grey people I don’t mean hair.
Thankfully, Funder’s writing never lacks colour, it’s full of vibrancy, and the book flows supremely well from one moment to the next.
While the life-stories do bring a range of emotions to the reader, one thing I felt missing, was more of her own view points, to give a broader scope. But Nevertheless, I was captivated from start to finish.
She writes remarkably well. View all 18 comments. The East German Stasi was the world’s best and most efficient secret police, the textbook definition of the omnipresent Big Brother.
The Stasi guarded and secured the rule of East Germany’s Communist Party for four decades, during which it seeped into every tiny crevice of East German society. East Germans could not escape the Stasi – in every seven people, one informed for it; all spaces where life vunder place have been infiltrated and monitored by the Stasi, which kept meticulous records on its Stasilans East German Stasi was the world’s best and most efficient secret police, the textbook definition of the omnipresent Big Brother.
East Germans could not escape the Stasi – in every seven people, one informed for it; all spaces where life took place have been infiltrated and monitored by the Stasi, which kept meticulous records on its subjects. Although the Stasi was based on the Soviet secret police and closely collaborated with ajna KGB, its methods were fuhder more diabolical.
Rather than resort to brute force familiar to the KGB, the Stasi xtasiland a series of methods which it called Zersetzung – a German word which is difficult to translate as it is said to contain no direct English equivalent – the closest being “dissolution”. The Stasi did not need to arrest and beat their subjects to a pulp; rather, the agency aimed to utterly break and annihilate a person’s will and character funer employing a series of elaborate strategies aimed against them.
The Stasi would observe and collect information about its targets, and then deliberately make their daily life a living nightmare: