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Publisher Description

Stasiland tells true stories of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. Internationally hailed as a classic, it is ‘fascinating, entertaining, hilarious, horrifying and very important’ (Tom Hanks) and ‘a heartbreaking, beautifully written book.’ (Claire Tomalin).

East Germany was one of the most intrusive surveillance states of all time. One in 7 people spied on their friends, family and colleagues. In ‘the most humane and sensitive way’ (J.M. Coetzee) Funder tells the true stories of four people who had the extraordinary courage to refuse to collaborate with the Stasi, and the price they paid. She meets Miriam Weber, who was imprisoned at 16 after scaling the Berlin Wall. She drinks with the legendary “Mik Jegger” of the Eastern Bloc who was ‘disappeared’. And she finds former Stasi men who defend their regime long past its demise, and yearn for the second coming of Communism.

Stasiland won the Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction published in English in 2004. It was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, the W.H. Heinemann Award, the Index Freedom of Expression Awards, The Age Book of the Year Awards, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation in Writing). It is read in schools and universities in many countries, and has been adapted for CD and the stage by The National Theatre, London.

Fiction & Literature
29 October
Odyssey Editions
Ingram DV LLC

Customer Reviews

rutherglengoddess ,

Why did I wait so long?

This has been very illuminating to read this book. Having just spent some time in Germany I regret that I didn’t read it prior to going. It explains so much. There are some beautifully crafted lines and observations in here. I loved it.

Trewirgie ,

A Gem

I've been to the GDR before the wall was built, during its existence and after it came down and often thought my experiences were worthy of a book. Anna Funder has written that book and given us the social history of a failed state brilliantly told though the eyes of both the oppressed and the oppressors. The book is so well written that it's hard to put down; a veritable page turner, most unusual in a history book!

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