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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Stasiland

It's the story of 17 million people living in a nation not of their own choosing. A few wanting it, some accepting it, many adapting to it and other stumbling into being it's "enemies" oten without intent. Many hunkered down, more than a few tried to flee often being killed in the effort. It was an all encomposing police state. The "stasi" were the enforcers. Equality was the idea. A communist totalitarian failure was the result. Stasiland: Stories From Behind The Berlin Wall by Australin author Anna Funder reads like a novel but actually is based on investigative reporting and the author personal experiences. What is actually revealed is a brutal world of indifference to humanity. A world of people caught in a nightmare. How sad..... Funder’s careful portraits of the people she meets from “Stasiland” shine a dazzling light on one of the world’s most paranoid and secretive regimes, and its effects on contemporary German society.

3 comments:

Retired English Teacher said...

Interesting book. You always read some great ones.

Ann Nichols said...

Another book I'd be very interested to read!You are so good at picking winners! (Re your comment on my newest post: That would be Martin Luther that you are probably thinking about...although many things happened at the cathedral in Worms!)
Blessings!
Ann

Ien van Houten said...

Sounds interesting.