All That I am

All That I am

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By (author) Anna Funder

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 26mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0670920428
  • ISBN 13: 9780670920426
  • Sales rank: 251

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Anna Funder, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and author of "Stasiland", offers a thrilling tale and powerful love story that tells the heroic and tragic true story of the German resistance in World War II in "All That I Am". When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they must flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless, her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller, her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take breath-taking risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it to be, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart..."The strengths of Funder's writing are emotional and imaginative. In what she has to say about love, loss and betrayal there is profound truth". ("The Times"). "An often pacy and exciting read...Funder captures perfectly the sense of her characters' deprived and dangerous lives". ("Daily Mail"). "A superb novel that transcends its setting. This book is a wonder. Do, please, read it". ("Spectator"). Anna Funder is the author of the international bestseller "Stasiland", which won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in 20 countries and translated into 16 languages. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. Anna Funder grew up in Melbourne and Paris and lives in Sydney with her husband and family.

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Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in 1966. She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. Her previous book, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize. She lives in Sydney with her husband and family.

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By Anna 19 Jan 2013 5

This book contained some beautifully luminous passages that I felt I must copy out because I felt so touched by them. For eg: "The human brain cannot encompass total absence... The space someone leaves must be filled, so we dream forever of those who are no longer there. Our minds make them live again. They try, God bless them, to account for the gap which the brain itself cannot fathom." I also loved the way the past ties in with the present and Australia with Europe, so much is encompassed in one novel. Why isn't the true-life heroine celebrated more?

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Spellbinding ... there are echoes of the best espionage tales Sunday Telegraph A superb novel that transcends its setting. This book is a wonder. Do, please, read it Spectator The strengths of Funder's writing are emotional and imaginative. In what she has to say about love, loss and betrayal there is profound truth The Times Dora is the most attractive fictional heroine in a long time ... a gripping story of love and betrayal New Statesman A seamless and powerful tale ... of individual endeavour and survival that examines universal human themes Independent on Sunday A remarkable story told with clarity and precision Guardian The subtlety of Anna Funder's novel is in the elegance of her precise prose, and in her painstaking portrait of an ordinary woman swept up in extraordinary events ... The result is a strong and impressively humane novel TLS A story of courage and betrayal ... she has captured the atmosphere of what it must have been like to have been at the centre of the left-wing movement in post-war Germany Evening Standard Anna Funder proved herself a first-rate reporter with Stasiland - now she appears as a compelling novelist in a dark story of German emigres in the 1930s, struggling to warn the indifferent English against the Nazis -- Claire Tomalin The subtlety of Anna Funder's novel is in the elegance of her precise prose, and in her painstaking portrait of an ordinary woman swept up in extraordinary events...The result is a strong and impressively humane novel -- Ruth Scurr TLS