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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The spy’s the limit
Former Stasi must get out their advertisements and weep. It wasn’t until about wnna 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.
It examines how unreliable memory can be, and with what and whose perspective we look at history.
Feb 11, Psychonaut rated it it was amazing. In a poisoned atmosphere of distrust and suspicion, even innocent defensive postures were reconfigured to appear sinister, worthy of a “report” to the guardians, rewarded and duly noted in the files.
What about things that couldn’t be translated or are very hard to translate? Sometimes the stories were colored like this and it was annoying that Funder was so impressed with any young girl who was ballsier than usual.
A Readers Digest condensed version of the story would be very d All articles with stasilaand statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with vague or ambiguous time Vague or ambiguous staisland from December All stub articles. The stories that Funder collected provide a harrowing insight of life in a totalitarian state and into a divided country; the Stasi and the DDR might no longer officially exist, but East Germans and their experiences on both sides of the keyhole still do and will not disappear anytime soon.
Anna Funder definitely gets carried away by the emotions, both hers and the victims.
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If you gotta live do you gotta step in line? I lived in the GDR for a year as a student back in the s. Hang on to power at all costs! The tyranny that denies your loved one a proper burial after having murdered him. I was worried stasilznd the book would not hold together; it would consist of separate interviews with disparate individuals.
Only after five years did her child come to live with her.
She talks about the Herculean task of the ones responsible for recreating the shredded Stasi files. The author is not impartial. Were they just written down as she recalls them or based on recorded conversations?
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Funeer transgressions were blown out of proportion. 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.
I think the flaws are because she bit off more than she could chew with this project.
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
Berlin Germany East Germany. 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? They would buy a shitty toaster but that’s it!
Stasiland has been published in sixty nine countries and translated into a dozen languages. Anna Funder’s participatory journalism brings the ghosts of this bizarre surveillance state out to tell their own story in the vivid Stasilandwhich manages to be intriguing while astringent, morbidly fascinating.
To view it, click here. That is how I reacted; I thought it was amazing and astounding what the author depicted through this book. All That I Am has been published in twenty countries and spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, appearing several times at number one. When the wife of the former host of the big DDR shows about the evil west Von something. Such a person cannot bear the thought of ever being pinned down again.
The stasi was there to protect the party FROM the people. A lot of the information imparted in this thing turned out to be bull shit anyway. 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 employees, some of whom didn’t come across as the monsters they once were.