Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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By (author) Anna Funder

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 22mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1862076553
  • ISBN 13: 9781862076556
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 27,426

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In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany - she meets Miriam, who as a 16-year-old might have started World War III, visits the man who painted the line which became the Berlin Wall and gets drunk with the legendary "Mik Jegger" of the East, once declared by the authorities to his face to "no longer to exist".

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By E. Mortimer 08 Mar 2010 5

I could not put this book down. Having lived in Germany..Hamburg(2 years) & West Berlin(13 years) When reading this, it transported me back, as though it was yesterday. I felt as though I were the author. It is spot on... although maybe people who have not experienced the GDR could think it far fetched. The descriptions of toilets, buildings ,problems are so very very true. I loved it.

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"An appealing blend of investigative and reflective reporting, with the narrative drive of powerful human-interest stories. . . . There is no denying Funder's journalistic talents."