Abbildung: Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
Abbildung: Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Three-quarter-bound in cloth with a printed Modigliani paper front board 288 pages Set in Magna Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour photographs, 2 maps Plain slipcase.

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In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited and East Germany ceased to exist. Several years later, in 1996, Anna Funder, working for a TV station in what was formerly West Berlin, met Miriam Weber, who tried to climb over the Wall aged 16 and was caught. Miriam was imprisoned, interrogated and tortured; the Stasi came into her life and never let her go. Miriam’s extraordinary story set Funder on a search for others whose lives had been blighted by the old regime: Frau Paul, whose baby boy was in hospital in West Berlin when the Wall was built, suddenly beyond reach; Klaus Renfit, the ’bad boy’ of East German rock and roll; and, fascinating and chilling at the same time, the ex-Stasi men, still loyal to the Firm, still obsessed with – and proud of – the lives and the power they once had. Skilfully interweaving historical detail with eyewitness testimony, Stasiland is a masterpiece of modern journalism, a powerful account of a brutal world that has become a contemporary classic. This edition was prepared in close collaboration with the author. As well as a new introduction exploring the book’s reception in Germany, she has provided previously unpublished photographs of the places and people featured in the book.

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