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Issue Details: First known date: 2002... 2002 Stasiland
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To write this non-fiction work about life in the former East Germany, Anna Funder interviewed former Stasi officers and the people they surveilled. Described in the National Library of Australia record as 'A book of travel, history and biography that reads like a documentary novel,' Stasiland takes 'a deliberately subjective and "literary" approach' to its material with an 'emphasis on a sympathetic authorial persona as the source of the reader's perspective' (Susan Lever 'The Crimes of the Past: Anna Funder's Stasiland and Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation'. Paper delivered at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference 2006).

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For:

AC: Year 11 (English Unit 1 and Unit 2)

Stasiland presents the story of German reunification through a re-presentation of personal experiences drawn from interviews and research undertaken by Anna Funder. In the context of the fall of communism, and with a focus on the role of the Stasi in the lives of East Germans, Funder confronts the reader with characters traumatised by the past and dislocated in the present. Narrative itself provides a human strategy for understanding time, process and change and this is particularly evident in this text. Funder presents her text in a hybrid genre, that of literary journalism, where she combines the power of facts with the craft of fiction.

Notes

  • Originally submitted as a Thesis (M.A.)--University of Melbourne, Dept. of English and Cultural Studies, 2002.
  • Dedication: For Craig Allchin.
  • Reading Group Guide available through the Text Publishing website.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2003 .
      Extent: 288p.
      Description: illus., maps
      Reprinted: 2004 , 2005
      ISBN: 1877008915
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Granta ,
      2003 .
      Extent: 288p.
      ISBN: 1862075808 (pbk.)
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Ambo/Anthos ,
      2002 .
      Extent: 319p.

Works about this Work

y George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Anna Funder's Stasiland Blair Mahoney , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 10102708 2016 single work criticism
Austalgia : Our Homesickness for the Past Jim Chalmers , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 74 no. 3 2015; (p. 206-209)
Gender Imbalance in HSC English Book Lists Criticised Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 2014; (p. 2)
Telling the Truth William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 26 January 2013; (p. 10-11)
Stasiland Malcolm Knox , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

Written for the Reading Australia project, this essay serves as an introduction to Anna Funder's Stasiland. Knox discusses the cultural setting in which the work was first published and examines the narrative techniques that Funder uses to depict her subjects. Knox also discusses how Funder's gender and her status as a foreigner affected her telling of the story.

Behind the Wall: Insights into a Bizarre Place Mark Thomas , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 2004; (p. 2a)

— Review of Stasiland Anna Funder 2002 single work non-fiction
Fact and Fiction H. E. , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Limelight , October 2003; (p. 65)

— Review of Stasiland Anna Funder 2002 single work non-fiction ; Something Fishy : A Murray Whelan Thriller Shane Maloney 2002 single work novel
Stasiland : Beyond the Berlin Wall Radha O'Meara , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: Arts Alumni News , December 2002; (p. 3, 8)
Anna Funder speaks about the writing of her book on East Germany,Stasiland.
Sitting in the Driver's Seat of Biography Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 April 2003; (p. 10)
Silent Fury For Author who Lifted Stones of Germany's Past Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 June 2004; (p. 13)
Stasiland Takes Top British Literary Prize Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 June 2004; (p. 15)
Award Winner Can't Believe Her Luck Ben English , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 July 2004; (p. 52)
Last amended 30 Jan 2017 14:33:11
Subjects:
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990), Western Europe, Europe,
Settings:
  • East Berlin, Berlin,
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    Germany,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Berlin,
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    Germany,
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990), Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1949-1990
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