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 ...

Author: Anna Funder

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847085083

Category: History

Page: 304

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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'.

Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 5 Kate Mitchell, 'The Migratory Imagination: Anna Funder's Stasiland as Prosthetic Memory', Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 4, no. 1 (2013): 91–110 (96–99).

Author: Nicole Moore

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 178308524X

Category: History

Page: 274

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An account of fraught and complex cross-cultural literary exchange between two highly distinct - even uniquely opposed - reading contexts, Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic has resonance for all newly global reckonings of the cultural Cold War. Working from the extraordinary records of the East German publishing and censorship regime, the authors materially track the production and reception of one country’s corpus as envisioned by another. The 90 Australian titles published in the GDR form an alternative canon, revealing a shadowy literary archive that rewrites Australia’s postwar cultural history from behind the iron curtain and illuminates multiple ironies for the GDR as a ‘reading nation’. This book brings together leading German and Australian scholars in the fields of book history, German and Australian cultural history, Australian and postcolonial literatures, and postcolonial and cross-cultural theory, with emerging writers currently navigating between the two cultures.

Literature for Senior Students

Below is a short story based on Stasiland. It uses the template available from to set out ideas about both Funder's text and the student's creative response. The template has two pages: 'Analysis of ...

Author: Robert Beardwood

Publisher: Insight Publications

ISBN: 1921411600

Category: Books and reading

Page: 233

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A high quality, comprehensive and practical resource for the study of literature in the senior years, including a handbook of literary terms in tables. Includes a summary of the main genres, identifies key features and main conventions for the novel, short story, drama, poetry, memoir and film. This highly relevant resource for literary studies is booklisted and classlisted nationally.


57 58 59 60 61 62 63 Funder, Stasiland, p. 57; Glees, The Stasi Files, p. 3. Gellately, 'Denunciations in Twentieth-Century Germany', 956, 958. For the various categories see Mike Dennis, The Stasi: Myth and Reality (London: Pearson, ...

Author: Steve Hewitt

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441190074

Category: Political Science

Page: 209

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Orwellian Ireland

The international bestselling book 'Stasiland', by Anne Funder, has once again brought to the fore the concept of a whole modern state being secretly subservient to its domestic intelligence agency. While doubtless many Irish people see ...

Author: Brian Nugent

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1447580001

Category: Reference


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Inspired by the book Stasiland, this work is an attempt to see if some of the state practices that flourished in Communist Eastern Europe might be replicated in modern Ireland. It goes into the question of intelligence agencies, what agencies are active in Ireland, how they harass dissidents, their use of modern technology and their role in secretly supporting paramilitary groups in Ireland and around the world. It includes a lot of first hand testimony of state harassment, and even torture, which is on a par with what happened in countries like East Germany. Finally it concludes with some searching questions about the real government policies being pursued in Ireland.

Power and Society in the GDR 1961 1979

The first survey , which included rather more by way of questions on the Stasi , provoked comments such as ' Generally with respect to the Stasi - questions : My experiences in life 50. Anna Funder , Stasiland ( London : Granta , 2003 ) ...

Author: Mary Fulbrook

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845454357

Category: History

Page: 339

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The Berlin Wall, for many people, epitomizes the communist German Democratic Republic, founded in 1949 in the Soviet-occupied zone of post-war Germany; other central features of life in the GDR appear to be under the threat of repression by Soviet tanks and surveillance by the secret security police, the Stasi. But is repression and surveillance really all there is to the GDRs history? How did people come to terms with their situation and make new lives behind the Wall? When the social history of the GDR in the 1960s and 1970s is explored, new patterns become evident. In a period characterised by consumer socialism, international recognition and dtente, a fragile stability emerged. Increased participation in the micro-structures of power, and conformity to the unwritten rules of an increasingly predictable system, suggest accommodation to dominant norms and conceptions. Contributors explore the ways in which lower-level functionaries and people at the grass roots contributed to the formation and transformation of the GDR from industry and agriculture, through popular sport and cultural life, to the passage of generations and varieties of social experience. The volume thus presents a more complex approach to the history of East Germany during its previously under-researched middle decades and sheds new light on the phenomenon of nostalgic memories since unification. And through the framework of the theoretical concept of normalisation, the book situates the history of the GDR within the wider context of post-war western and eastern European history.

Bloomsbury Essential Guide for Reading Groups

Written with a clear-sighted empathy that makes these stories all the more moving, Stasiland offers an eloquent and important testament to the dreadful consequences oftotalitarianism. Background Anna Funder's interest in what went on ...

Author: Susan Osborne

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408103575

Category: Study Aids

Page: 272

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"A book club gives the opportunity to meet up with friends and wake the brain up a bit with lively and often quite aggressive discussion" Dawn French How do you keep your reading groups discussions lively and focussed? If you want to gain new insight into literature and share your passion with friends this book offers readers guides for 75 of the very best reads - guaranteed to provoke spirited debate! Each of the readers guides includes a summary of the book, a brief author biography, discussion points to spark debate, and a set of titles for further reading that deal with similar themes. A `background' section provides pointers to more material about the book online and as well as further thought-provoking material: Where did the author come from? What made them write the book? How did the context in which they wrote influence them? If you'd like further insight, debate, discussion and analysis to underpin your understanding and enjoyment of reading - then look no further than this guide. New titles in this edition include: The Long Firm, Leper's Companions, By the Sea, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, Buddha of Suburbia, The Icarus Girl, Black and Blue, The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, The Cutting Room, Shadow of the Wind, Giving up the Ghost...and many more!

Rereading East Germany

Hannes Bahrmann, Christoph Links, Chronik der Wende: Stationen der Einheit. Die letzten Monate der DDR (Berlin: Links, 1995), p. 174. 3. Timothy Garton Ash, 'Preface', in Karen Leeder (ed.), From Stasiland to Ostalgie: The GDR – Twenty ...



ISBN: 1107006368



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Museums of Communism

7 They also act as ongoing sites of memory staking out claims to the best way to remember the GDR: should it be conceptualized above all as a Stasiland or a place where the Stasi and Spreewald Pickles coexisted?

Author: Stephen M. Norris

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253050316

Category: History

Page: 442

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How did communities come to terms with the collapse of communism? In order to guide the wider narrative, many former communist countries constructed museums dedicated to chronicling their experiences. Museums of Communism explores the complicated intersection of history, commemoration, and victimization made evident in these museums constructed after 1991. While contributors from a diverse range of fields explore various museums and include nearly 90 photographs, a common denominator emerges: rather than focusing on artifacts and historical documents, these museums often privilege memories and stories. In doing so, the museums shift attention from experiences of guilt or collaboration to narratives of shared victimization under communist rule. As editor Stephen M. Norris demonstrates, these museums are often problematic at best and revisionist at worst. From occupation museums in the Baltic States to memorial museums in Ukraine, former secret police prisons in Romania, and nostalgic museums of everyday life in Russia, the sites considered offer new ways of understanding the challenges of separating memory and myth.

Deconstructing the New World Order


Author: Raymond Steiner

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1329024877

Category: Fiction


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The book aspires to be the successor to Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. In so doing, it probes more deeply into the totalitarian forces attempting to put a stranglehold on humanity. Advances in technology have made possible the construction of an all-encompassing cyber hive that threatens to ensnare and abolish individual autonomy