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We’d love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. I just wanted Mozart chocolate, dammit. No guilt, power on! The book is crammed full of moments like this, and it seems skeevy and dirty, and not at all truthful or realistic.

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View all 6 comments. It was all poor us, we have to share. This is not the book to read if you want a comprehensive history of East Germany, it is more of a glimpse into the madness. I think the flaws are because she bit off more than she could chew with this project.

When she is interviewing she is constantly complaining about the time people are taking to tell stories, as if she is desperate for them to get to the point so that she can go back to the next round at the bar. Detlef was possibly no more than an “unofficial collaborator” – and unpaid stool-pigeon. He didn’t want me to have an unbalanced view of Prussian history and to that end proposed sending me articles from the “impartial” East German press.

Funder shows that the Stasi-men like Koch were also victims in their way. Since the border guards who opened fire on fubder who sought freedom in the west have been brought before the courts, but not I think, fundwr junior Stasi-men. And the equipment is used to spy on me writing my goodreads reviews She allows ex-Stasi operatives an equal chance to reflect on their achievements, and finds—to her dismay and ours—that they have learned nothing.


La Funder raccoglie le esperienze di persone vissute poco prima degli anni 90 nella repubblica democratica e di molti ex-ispettori della Stasi.

The Stasi would observe and collect information about its targets, and then deliberately make their daily life a living nightmare: One of the best books I’ve ever read. X Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. For example, it was not illegal to apply to leave East Germany but if you applied to leave you were suspected to WANT to leave and that was a crime….

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

It examines how unreliable memory can be, and with what and whose perspective we look at history. This is not a scholarly survey of life in East Germany, but a collection of personal accounts as written down by the author. Some believed more than others.

If you still thought for yourself. But a lot of them are young people who never knew that life I was a kid myself when the wall fell. What do you do when it is gone? What a strange place East Germany was for 40 years! International Customers If you are located outside the U. One was never confused. It just wasn’t for the people it was really to protect the interests of the soviets for a long damned time.


If you think you are only offered crap why not demand someone better? I listened to the audiobook.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

They lived in a world that is so absurd and unbelievable that funfer is hard to imagine. Stasiland is being developed for the stage by The National Theatre in London.

So she moves to San Francisco where they have parades to celebrate rape victims because the authorities in Germany didn’t care her rapist went to jail but she fears he’ll get released with the political criminals by mistake. An iconic rebellious musician from that time. She wanted to know if East Germans had been capable of individual acts of resistance but the notion was brusquely dismissed by her West German colleagues: I thought it would be an insider’s look into the seedy, corrupt, disgusting practices of the East German secret police.

Anna Funder definitely gets carried away by the emotions, both hers and the victims. At one point she tries to make stasilanr big parallel to totalitarianism by writing about how she made a huge stink at a swimming pool because she didn’t bother to follow its rules.

I’m ufnder that cool to know any Talking Head. The only thing I learned from this book is that ‘interviewing random people you found by way of a newspaper article asking for elderly Stasi collaborators without doing any fact-checking will not lead you to any sort of useful information.

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