Stasiland : Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist.

In Stasiland, winner of the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize, Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in fifty East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women. She meets Miriam, who as a sixteen-year-old might have started the Third World War, visits the man who painted the line which became the Berlin Wall and gets drunk with the legendary 'Mik Jegger' of the East, who the authorities once declared - to his face - to 'no longer exist'.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 122 x 132mm | 68g
  • Bolinda/Audible audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1486243975
  • 9781486243976
  • 900,974

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'A masterpiece.' -- Sunday Times 'A fascinating book ... I can think of no better introduction to the brutal reality of East German repression.' -- The Sunday Telegraph 'At once lyrical, bitter, funny and sad, her writing releases many individuals of their stories - a second liberation.' -- The Observer 'Brilliantly illustrates the weird, horrifying viciously cruel place that was Cold War East Germany ... as well as the horror, Funder writes superbly of the absurdities of the Stasi.' -- The Evening Standard
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About Anna Funder

Anna Funder is the author of the internationally acclaimed prize-winner STASILAND, and the No. 1 bestselling novel ALL THAT I AM.

Anna Funder's writing has received numerous accolades and awards. Her essays, feature articles and columns have appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Ny Tid, Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. A sought-after speaker, Anna has toured in many countries. A former DAAD (Berlin), Australia Council, NSW Writing Fellow and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, in 2011 Anna was named in the 'Top 100 People of Influence' by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2011 Anna was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990's, Anna worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government focusing on human rights, constitutional law, and treaty negotiation. After jettisoning a legal career to write STASILAND, she jobbed for a time as a radio and television documentary producer at the ABC. Anna holds BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) and an M.A. and a Doctorate in Creative Arts, and speaks fluent French and German. She grew up in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and three children. DeNica's voiceover experience is expansive. From Japanese MANGA CARTOONS, DOCUMENTARY, LIP SYNCHING, ADR, ELT, TV LINKS, COMMERCIALS, SUBTITLE VOICES, CORPORATES & TALKING BOOKS.

She was a member of the RSC for five years. Highlights include the 8 hour epic NICHOLAS NICKLEBY playing Kate Nickleby on Broadway, Jane Hogarth in THE ART OF SUCCESS in London's Barbican Theatre & THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY? She has made several series of the TV drama HARD CASES and appeared in popular shows such as FOOTBALLERS' WIVES, HEARTS & BONES and MURDER IN MIND.

DeNica is a well known voice in BBC Radio drama. She has played a host of characters in 2 series of cult comedy ON THE BLOG and many new dramas including JOHNNY CASH HI-JACK ROADSHOW, NO ANGEL, BADFELLAS and the soon to be broadcast DEATH OF JOE INGLIS. Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet.
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3 14% (1,885)
2 2% (305)
1 1% (91)
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