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Stasiland by Anna Funder
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Aug 09, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. I've been to Berlin and thought a lot about people's lives there before the wall came down. I stayed in the former East Berlin and travelled to the West a lot. Every day I went across where the wall used to be.

In a way, the first time I went there, I missed the wall. It defined a large part of my childhood, a division of Europe, a collision of ideologies. The first time I was there, there were still broken cobblestones and ruined tramlines in Potsdamer Platz near the Brandenburg Gate. Now it's just a memory.

This book makes clear that the people living in Germany are still divided, but not just between East and West. They are divided between those who worked for / with the state and those who were victims of the state.

Funder does well to track down and speak to people on both sides of this divide. The book illuminates the whole period.

I really recommend this book as a good description of a heartless totalitarian system.

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