Thursday, September 1, 2011

Before the Wall Fell: STASILAND: STORIES FROM BEHIND THE BERLIN WALL by Anna Funder

STASILAND:  STORIES FROM BEHIND THE BERLIN WALL BY ANNA FUNDER
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterward the two Germany's reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder's Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall brings students extraordinary tales of real lives in the former East Germany. Funder meets Miriam, who tried to escape to West Berlin as a 16-year-old; and hears the heartbreaking story of Frau Paul, who was separated from her baby by the Berlin Wall. She also meets the Stasi men themselves, still proud of their surveillance methods. Funder's powerful account of that brutal world makes Stasiland a contemporary classic your students will find riveting.

Praise for Stasiland:

"Brilliant. . . . A masterpiece of investigative analysis, written almost like a novel, with a perfect mix of compassion and distance."—Elena Lappin, Sunday Times (London)

"Anna Funder explores, in the most human and sensitive ways, lives blighted by the East German Stasi. She allows ex-Stasi operatives an equal chance to reflect on their achievements, and finds—to her dismay and ours—that they have learned nothing."—J. M. Coetzee

If you would like to consider Stasiland (Harper Perennial: 9780062077325, paperback, $15.99) for one of your courses please let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

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