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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall


Book Overview: Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction: a powerfully moving account of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who worked for its secret police, the Stasi.

"Stasiland demonstrates that great, original reporting is still possible. . . . A heartbreaking, beautifully written book. A classic." -- Claire Tomalin, Guardian "Books of the Year"

Anna Funder delivers a prize-winning and powerfully rendered account of the resistance against East Germany's communist dictatorship in these harrowing, personal tales of life behind the Iron Curtain--and, especially, of life under the iron fist of the Stasi, East Germany's brutal state security force. In thetradition of Frederick Taylor's The Berlin Wall and Philip Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, Funder's Stasiland is a masterpiece of investigative reporting, written with novelistic vividness and the compelling intensity of a universal, real-life story.

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PublisherHarper Perennial
Publication Date2011-09-20
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Anna Funder is a reverberating voice in literature, known for her critically acclaimed novels and nonfiction works that echo her exceptional storytelling and poignant attention to the human psyche. Born and raised in Australia, Funder's global perspective was molded early on by her education and traveling pursuits. Upon gathering degrees in Law and Creative Writing, she set foot into the world of international law and broadcast journalism before moving onto scalpel-like investigations of topics close to her heart, making her a remarkable multidimensional author with a versatile portfolio. Funder burst onto the literary scene with her debut work, "Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall," which painted a haunting narrative about individuals oppressed by the East German regime. This ground-breaking nonfiction won her the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize, putting her on the global literary map. Her first novel, "All That I Am," an equally powerful examination of courage and betrayal, further cemented her reputation as an unflinching tour-de-force. It garnered multiple accolades, including the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award. An advocate for human rights, Funder's writings often bring forth untold stories of resistance, humanity and resilience against oppressive regimes. Distinguished for her deep research and empathetic portrayal of characters, her work is celebrated for its authenticity and prevailing themes of courage under extreme circumstances. Funder, a best-selling author and respected literary critic, continues to expand contemporary literature's boundaries while captivating audiences with her profound narratives.

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