Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Stasiland by Anna Funder....Review & Giveaway!
In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterward the two Germanys reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder’s bestselling Stasiland brings us extraordinary tales of real lives in the former East Germany. She meets Miriam, who tried to escape to West Berlin as a sixteen-year-old; hears the heartbreaking story of Frau Paul, who was separated from her baby by the Berlin Wall; and gets drunk with the legendary “Mik Jegger of the East,” once declared by the authorities—to his face—“no longer to exist.” And she meets the Stasi men themselves, still proud of their surveillance methods. Funder’s powerful account of that brutal world has become a contemporary classic.
I found this book to be absolutely riveting. I was really blown away by the stories of the people directly affected by the Berlin Wall. I really enjoyed how Funder found and spoke to not only the people tortured by the Stasi but also the Stasi men in the flesh. Of course I knew about the Berlin Wall and the history behind it but after reading Stasiland I feel like I have a deeper and more meaningful understanding. Anna Funder does an amazing job of telling the stories of the people she features and I am so grateful to know their stories. An excellent read! Pick it up today on Amazon...
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