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They lived in a world that is so absurd and unbelievable that it is hard to imagine. There is Miriam, who tried to climb over the wall aged 16 and got caught, later her husband died in a cell. I read Stasiland because I wanted to know how people lived then and how they were living without it. The targets were under constant surveillance, and Stasi agents had access to their most personal information: What about things that couldn’t be translated or are very hard to translate?

I don’t think knowing the outcome if you can know all the repercussions is hope for the future. Such a person cannot bear the thought of ever being pinned down again. It was all poor us, we have to share.

What a strange place East Germany was for 40 years! Feb 11, Psychonaut rated it it was amazing. She doesn’t bother looking into the tales she is told or supposedly told; some of them I doubt were even said in the way she claims because stasland are so ridiculousand it all seems like a huge waste of time. Bali, something like that.

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She can’t live with restrictions after that life. It’s like that tv show with Tim Roth the name escapes me right now. The Stasi went as far as capturing the scents of suspects. We’d love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. Some estimates run as high as one for every six and a half members of the population.

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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

A few things she writes are utterly unbelievable and sound like they came out of a Monty Python sketch, and of course she provides absolutely NO evidence that these moments actually occurred.

Besides, nearly everyone not over 45 I saw in Berlin looked like American hipsters. Read this book just for the “Lipsi Dance” Anna Funder mentions in one of the chapters. Although some knew they were fudging reports and lying about satsiland and then turned their angry eye on the west anyway.

I could have dealt with out the “Here we are two pretty blondes sitting stasilnd by side” shit that’s not a direct quote but close enough and loads of “I laughed” and “We laughed together but I don’t know why Staxiland was laughing” and every damned person she meets likes her even the stasi creeps and staeiland men want to bone her.

Why would a teenage girl who didn’t care one way or the other about life in the GDR post flyers all over town and in the mailboxes of boys she knew, no less? Yes read that again… it makes no sense.

He didn’t want me to have an unbalanced view of Prussian history and to that end proposed sending me articles from the “impartial” East German press.

From ordinary citizens to the cartographer who painted the actual lines where the wall would go. Why were so many willing to report? How could you not feel unending anxiety living like that? I applaud her for writing it when all of the people she worked with in Berlin at the time were flat out not interested in the Easterners.

I don’t know what to call it is. I tend to believe the latter. And she finds spies and Stasi men, still loyal to the Firm as they wait for the next revolution. You know, until I go to sleep. I’m inclined to think it is what David Foster Wallace wrote in The Pale King about people wanting a parental figure to do all of their thinking for them.

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Did she translate them, or did someone else do it? She found her subject in East Germany, went for it bravely and delivers the goods in a heartbreaking, beautifully written book. 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.

Refresh and try again. My dog steals all my underwear. Don’t talk because anything you say can be used against you. The only thing I learned from this book is that ‘interviewing random people you found by way of a newspaper article asking for elderly Stasi collaborators without doing any fact-checking will not lead you to any sort of useful information. I liked Funder for saying he was Aussie and is American now but it would have been even better if she said he was everyone’s bane because he so is.

This is simply a window into a jumble of memories and the beliefs of some of the individuals living through what was essentially a grand social experiment.

L’orrore viene da quello che hanno fatto in nome di quel sogno. 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.

A heartbreaking, beautifully written book. A bit more research wouldn’t have done the book any harm. The puppet government installed by Soviet liberators turned the entire country into a psychiatric hospital. Book Club Girl book clubs. I still don’t quite know what that thing ann.