Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall is a document of a city in flux. After the fall of the wall, the East and West found itself intermingling, sometimes unwillingly, in a city that had to transform itself structurally and demographically very quickly. Australian journalist Anna Funder found herself drawn to these places of tension.’
— Jessa Crispin, Kirkus Reviews
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‘In “Stasiland,” writer Anna Funder talks to former members of the Stasi – the communist East German security apparatus – and to the people whose lives they destroyed.’
— Charles Taylor, Salon.com
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‘And so we begin. Caught inside a “headspace.” Having trouble with our borders, as if the damaged compass of our narrator will map its own unpleasant realities across us the further as we move into her story. Bruises of another kind.’
— Mark Mordue, Freezerbox
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‘After 23 publishers’ rejections and a warning to “wear a flak jacket”, Anna Funder was understandably apprehensive – actually “scared senseless” – about launching her book Stasiland in Germany this year.’
— Malcolm Knox, Sydney Morning Herald
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‘Da Anne Funder lanserte boken sin i Tyskland spurte folk i vest henne: “Hva er galt med oss?” I Øst-Berlin stod en fyllik og ropte: “Jeg vil ikke være tysk mer!”’
— Halvor Finess Tretvoll, Ny Tid
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‘Today, the(sydney)magazine publishes its annual list of Sydney’s 100 most creative, provocative and inspiring people. Here are 10 influential people whose voices have been hard to ignore in 2011.’
— Stephanie Wood, SMH Top 100, The Provocateurs
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‘Miriam Weber is a small, thoughtful woman in her forties. She lives in a rooftop apartment in Leipzig. The sense of space around her helps, she says. Helps her shake off the memories of prison. Helps her breathe under the weight of the unresolved past.’
The Scotsman
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