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Stasiland

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Eine Australierin geht auf Entdeckungsreise und erzählt packende Geschichten aus einem fernen Land. Ohne Nostalgie wird die verblichene Welt der DDR ins Visier genommen. Anna Funder stellt Fragen: den Tätern von gestern – Stasiagenten, Kollaborateuren – und ihren Opfern, die sich dem System der Überwachung und Bespitzelung verweigerten. Einzelschicksale in Nahaufnahmen. Li ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published 2006 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 2003)
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Anthony Dunn "Stasiland" goes way beyond merely the mechanics of the wall. It deals with the mindset and psychology of those who viewed it as a means of "defending…more"Stasiland" goes way beyond merely the mechanics of the wall. It deals with the mindset and psychology of those who viewed it as a means of "defending their state" and their "world view" and the experiences, at the hands of the DDR 's organs of state control, of those who took a different view.

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Amalia Gavea
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Any political comments will receive the axe. Don’t try to provoke me, you’ll fail miserably.*

‘’Peter Fechter, the eighteen-year- old shot trying to escape in 1962 and left to die on the death strip, because each side thought the other would retaliate if they went to help him. Someone has thrown him a roll of bandages, but he lies immobile and bleeding.’’

This book doesn’t need many words. Anna Funder has created a punch in the stomach, a work that you could characterise as ‘’Orwellian’’ if it w
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Steven Godin
It wasn't until about a third of the way though reading Anna Funder's riveting piece of factual writing, that the true horror and brutal reality of East German repression finally sunk in. Of the population (around seventeen million people) as many as one in every 6.5 was either a Stasi officer or informant. As for everyone else, they were pretty much screwed. Even without doing a lot wrong, confessions were forced out of the innocent simply because it made more sense to admit guilt than face day ...more
Maciek
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The East German Stasi was the world's best and most efficient secret police, the textbook definition of the omnipresent Big Brother. The Stasi guarded and secured the rule of East Germany's Communist Party for four decades, during which it seeped into every tiny crevice of East German society. East Germans could not escape the Stasi - in every seven people, one informed for it; all spaces where life took place have been infiltrated and monitored by the Stasi, which kept meticulous records on its ...more
Matt

“Walls work.”

That’s the opinion of Monica Crowley (appointed the position of senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council in the Trump administration)



Well, Ms Crowley, how shall I break it to you gently? The Berlin Wall doesn’t exist anymore. Maybe you’d like to refer to a history book (in case you have one available). Look for “Germany, United” in the register. The place you’re standing at is a tourist attraction to remind people that walls don’t work in the lo
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Muphyn
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Muphyn by: Leah
This was quite a fascinating book, especially since it's a bit of a walk down memory lane for me.

I had heard that it is quite a controversial book, especially in Germany, and thus I didn't quite know what to expect. I didn't expect the sort of memoir that this book is but I actually found that it worked quite well. And I think because Stasiland is a personal book and it never seeks to be objective in the sense a history book might aim to be, Anna Funder is in a position to take sides and becomes
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Mariel
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the chicken eats you
Recommended to Mariel by: another goodreader said David Byrne. I'm not that cool to know any Talking Head
Horror romance. I can't think of anything better than what Anna Funder came up with to describe the fascination with life in the DDR, behind the Berlin wall and under the microscope (real perverts use petrie dishes. Fact!). It's like that tv show with Tim Roth (the name escapes me right now. My mom "treated" me to a long speech like their techniques to spot liars would actually work and then forced reasons to try them on absolutely everyone and kept calling me a liar for stupid things. I imagine ...more
Psychonaut
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book because David Byrne recommended it in Bicycle Diaries. It's an incredible book. I literally had to check to make sure the label said non-fiction, because some of it is so unbelievable. It tells the story of the Eastern side of Berlin when the wall was up, and the way people's lives were controlled, manipulated, and destroyed. I thought I had some idea of what went on, but I really didn't understand the extent of it until I read this book. I didn't expect this book to be s ...more
Roberto
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia, storia

Il rosso e il nero

La Stasi, il "Ministero per la Sicurezza di Stato", era l'organizzazione di sicurezza e spionaggio della Germania dell'Est (DDR). Non aveva uguali per la puntigliosa meticolosità con cui controllava i cittadini. Leggeva la posta, registrava le telefonate, ascoltava le conversazioni con appositi microfoni, obbligava a riferire sui comportamenti di tutti, verificava parentele, prendeva nota dei risultati scolastici dei figli e del rendimento sul lavoro, misurava l'orientamento de
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Sandra
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggistica
Il titolo originale del libro è Stasiland e rende in pieno il contenuto ed il senso dell’opera, più che la libera traduzione italiana. Si tratta infatti di un viaggio nel paese della Stasi, , la polizia politica della Ddr, uno tra i più efficienti e capillari servizi di spionaggio di tutti i tempi, lo strumento che il Partito aveva a disposizione, insieme con i carri armati sovietici, perché la Repubblica Democratica Tedesca sopravvivesse per quarant’anni. Tra dipendenti ed informatori nella Ddr ...more
piperitapitta
Alice in Stasiland.

Venghino siori venghino ad immaginare di provare il brivido di una vita, anzi di tutte le vite dei tedeschi dell'est, messe in vetrina molto prima del Grande Fratello televisivo, pilotate e manovrate già prima del Truman Show, in un clima ed in un'atmosfera completamente disumani e surreali, in una realtà che supera di gran lunga la fantasia.

Venghino siori venghino nel museo della Stasi di Lipsia ad ammirare nelle vetrine "i vasi dei campioni olfattivi", quelli dove venivano c
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Michael
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
The GDR or East Germany as it was formerly known lasted for just over 40 years. One of the main things that kept it alive for that length of time apart from the Berlin Wall was the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or Stasi as it was commonly known. The Stasi used every method both legal and illegal to try and keep the people subdued including an army of informers who would track your every move to methods of punishment which ranged from brutal to straight out inhumane. Stasiland by Aussie author ...more
Nafiseh
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما جدا افتاده ایم و ستاره همدردی از شب هستی سر می زند.
ما می رویم و آیا در پی ما یادی از درها خواهد گذشت ؟
ما می گذریم و آیا غمی بر جای ما ، در سایه ها خواهد نشست؟
برویم از سایه نی شاید جایی ، ساقه آخرین گل برتر را در سبد ما افکند. (سهراب)




پس از سقوط نازي ها ،آلمان به دو بخش شرقي (جمهوري دموكراتيك آلمان تحت حاكميت شوروي) و غربي( تحت كنترل متفقين فرانسه انگليس و امريكا) تقسيم شد.
به علت مهاجرت هاي فراواني كه از شرق به غرب رخ داده بود و در نتيجه آن شرق در معرض فروپاشي اقتصادي ناشي از نبود نيروي كار و م
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Chrissie
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, bio, germany, history
ETA: I want to make myself really clear. I wanted to give this book five stars. That is how I reacted; I thought it was amazing and astounding what the author depicted through this book. It was only my head that reduced one star because I was a bit annoyed by some of the generalizations.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it sure did surprise me. Being a book of non-fiction I expected objectivity in its analysis of life behind the Wall. The author is not impartial. Shouldn't one be impartial wh
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J.
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ... keyhole listeners ...
As the most visibly catastrophic wreckage of the Cold War, the gray horror of life in the German Democratic Republic-- East Germany--- was carefully choreographed by the security apparatus, the Stasi. The basics of state control were expanded to previously unimaginable heights with the Stasi's network of informants and secret police.

Anna Funder's participatory journalism brings the ghosts of this bizarre surveillance state out to tell their own story in the vivid Stasiland, which manages to be i
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James
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Take a walk through Berlin today and you'll have a job finding evidence that this was once a divided city. There's certainly a sizeable chunk of the Berlin Wall on Potsdamer Platz. But in the shadow of the futuristic Sony Centre it looks more like a modern art installation than a remnant of the Cold War. As time goes by, Berlin seems finally to be getting over the Wall.

But as Anna Funder discovered, the grim monument that once defined the city still looms large in many Berliners' minds. In what
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Paria
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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این کتاب به طور مستند وقایعی رو شرح میده که در زمان حکومت دولت جمهوری دموکراتیک آلمان در برلین شرقی رخ میداده، زمانی که دیوار بزرگی آلمان رو به دو بخش شرقی و غربی تقسیم میکرده. اشتازی نام سازمانیه که در اون زمان وظیفه ی امنیت کشور رو برعهده داشته و ریزترین جرئیات زندگی مردم رو شنود میکرده و حریم خصوصی اون ها رو به طور کامل نادیده میگرفته، افراد رو به دلایل مختلف زندانی و محدود میکرده و از خروج مردم از کشور جلوگیری میکرده و .... کتاب توسط خبرنگاری روایت میشه که سال ها بعد از نابودی دیوار برلین به ...more
martin
Jul 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book works well as a personal and very subjective account of a process of trying to learn about something that no longer exists. It's not an objective, deeply researched study of the GDR, more a description of fascinating personal experiences and discoveries.

I lived in the GDR for a year as a student back in the 1970s. The reality was in fact far more complex and layered (and contradictory) than Ms Funder describes but I enjoyed the book as it showed a genuine attempt to understand and occ
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Sonja Arlow
The hardest books to review are those that you almost love.

I think the author had the best of intentions and a burning desire to tell stories of a nation that has suffered so much but I got the impression that she was quite overwhelmed by all that was told to her that she didn’t want to leave out any little detail.

So she didn’t.

The result is a mix between a memoir, travelogue and collection of non-fiction stories which left me with the feeling that the impact of each story was diluted somehow.
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Joey
Jan 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I had really high hopes and expectations with regard to this book. I thought it would be an insider's look into the seedy, corrupt, disgusting practices of the East German secret police. Instead, it's a tired and thinly-worn collection of super-boring and petty tall-tales from random people that haven't been fact-checked or verified in any way.

The author's style of writing is particularly grating. As I already alluded to, she breathlessly reports these stories from random people who she meets t
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Belinda Carvalho
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Just finished rereading this, ten years (!) after originally reading it when I lived in Leipzig and wanted to learn more about the effect that the Stasi had on society. It affected me so much and I went on to learn more about GDR society through official history books and exhibits. A friend asked me about it recently and I realised I had forgotten almost the entire book, so it seemed like a good idea of time to revisit it. Especially after recent high profile GDR based TV shows such as Deutschla ...more
Arash
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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میگوید: «هیچ آدمی نیست که کامل باشه، هر کسی مشکلات خودش رو داره. مال من شاید یه کم سختتر باشه، اما مهم اینه که آدم چطور باهاشون برخورد میکنه.»
«و تو چطور اینکارو میکنی؟» مستقیم با او رودررو میشوم. به بدن درهم پیچیدهاش نگاه میکنم و به صدای نفسش از میان تمام لولههایی که در بدنش کار گذاشتهاند گوش میکنم. «خب، برای من یه کم مشکله. فکر میکنم زندگیم ممکنه خیلی زود به پایان برسه بنابراین هیچجور جاهطلبی بلندمدتی ندارم. هرچیزی که میخوام برای الان میخوام، میخوام امروز تجربهش کنم. نمیتونم صبر کنم که پول جمع
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نرگس
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
سرد و خاکستری و بیروح. این فضاییه که کتاب از برلین پس از فروپاشی دیوار توصیف میکنه و البته فضایی که در تمام مدت خواندنش بر خواننده حاکم میشه. از پس این غشای خاکستری میشه سیاهی رنج و درد مردم تحت حاکمیت یک نظام توتالیتر رو دید. کتاب عمدتا از خلال مواجهه با آدمهای عادی و داستان اونها روایت میشه، هرچند نویسنده ملاقاتهایی هم با بعضی شخصیتهای مهم تاریخی/هنری داره. طی این روایت اطلاعات خوبی هم از تاریخ معاصر آلمان و به ویژه تاریخ بلافصل پیش از فروپاشی دیوار برلین ارائه میشه.
این اولین کتاب غیرتئوریکی ب
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Jovi Ene
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Australianca Anna Funder locuiește în Berlin în 1997 și 2000, cu scopul de a scrie o carte despre felul în care est-germanii privesc, după câțiva ani, dictatura și îndepărtarea comunismului.
Cartea este o ”zbatere” de a descoperi oameni care vor să vorbească, fie ei cei care au fost persecutați de Stasi (oameni ce au încercat să fugă, să supraviețuiască sau să lupte din interior), fie chiar foști membri Stasi, odinioară foarte importanți, acum retrași, dar care nu își regretă deloc faptele.
O man
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Somi mhd
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
درباره نويسنده:
آنا فاندر (انگلیسی: Anna Funder؛ زادهٔ ۱۹۶۶، یک نویسنده، و رمان نویس اهل استرالیا است که هم اکنون ساکن نیویورک ایالات متحده است. وی نگارنده کتاب اشتازی لند(سرزمين مأمورهاي مخفي) است که در سال ۲۰۰۴ میلادی برنده جایزه ادبی ساموئل جانسون شده است. او این کتاب را دربارهٔ مردمی نگاشته است که در حکومت کمونیسم دیکتاتوری آلمان شرقی با سازمان اطلاعاتی و پلیسی اشتازی فعالیت می کنند.
یکی دیگر از آثار معروف او همه آنچه هستم است که در سال ۲۰۱۱ میلادی توسط انتشارات پنگوئن منتشر شد. این کتاب بر خل
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pinknantucket
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I said I wasn't going to use the word "fascinating" again for a while but I can't help it, it IS. A fascinating research story - how Funder actually goes about researching the Stasi and how people were affected by their surveillance, her experiences etc - and the Stasi itself is fascinating. The Stasi is (was) somehow at once menacing and banal, and the amount of effort that went into the surveillance of the East German people is astonishing. This book is over 10 years old now (first publ ...more
Holly Seddon
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read.
AC
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, germany
Interesting read, though a bit overrated imo. Maybe 3.5
Rania T
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book just for the "Lipsi Dance" Anna Funder mentions in one of the chapters. What a strange place East Germany was for 40 years!
Zeynep Nur
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tesadüf eseri gördüğüm, das Leben der Anderen filmini izlerken de bende merak uyandırmış olan Stasi hakkında olduğunu fark ettiğimde koşarak aldığım bir kitaptı Stasiland. Araştırmak için boş vaktim olduğunda okumak istiyordum ve sonunda o vakti buldum. Kitap hakkında tüm düşüncelerimi nasıl özetlerim bilemiyorum. Fakat "ne eksiği var ne fazlası" benim için.

Anna Funder, Avustralyalı bir yazar. Herkesin neden almanca öğreniyorsun dediği dönemde kimseyi dinlememiş, daha sonra o zamanlar bir duvarl
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Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in 1966. She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. Her book Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize. She lives in Sydney with her husband and family.
“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” 114 likes
“She is brave and strong and broken all at once. As she speaks it is as if her existence is no longer real to her in itself, more like a living epitaph to a life that was.” 27 likes
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