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Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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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).

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,
      :
      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)
The Migratory Imagination Kate Mitchell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossings : Journal of Migration and Culture , vol. 4 no. 1 2013;
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.

Understanding the Great Oppressions On Love and Evil Nick Miller , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 1 July 2012; (p. 15) The Sun-Herald , 1 July 2012; (p. 74-75)
'A fascination with betrayal and courage has led to a prize-winning debut novel...'
Secrets Revealed Russell Wenholz , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 1 July 2012; (p. 26)
Free Agent Peter Conrad , 2012-2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , December-January no. 85 2012-2013; (p. 36-41)
Author Dwells on Courage in German Hells Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 - 4 September 2011; (p. 16)
War Heroes Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 September 2011; (p. 27-28)
Australian Voices in Germany : The Translation of Anna Funder's Stasiland into German Leah Gerber , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Pen Magazine , November 2009; (p. 20-26)

The 3rd Conference of the International Association for Translation & Intercultural Studies (IATIS) was held at Monash University, Melbourne, in July 2009. The theme of the conference was 'Mediation & Conflict: Translation and Culture in a Global Context' and embraced such topics as cultural translation, the translator/interpreter as cultural broker in a trans-national world, the role of literary translation in challenging or reinforcing cultural difference, new media in translation, and political and ideological dimensions of translation. This is an excerpt from a paper presented by Dr Leah Gerber, of Monash University.


Many German publishers were unwilling to publish a German translation of Stasiland because the subject matter remained sensitive at the time of the book’s release. When the translation finally appeared, some German readers demanded to know why Funder thought she had the right to write about German history. The act of translation was also complex, as has been discussed by literary translation scholar Leah Gerber in this essay. Just one example is that Funder interviewed subjects in German, but then translated the interviews into English. “One of the key challenges posed to the translator,” Gerber notes, “is how to present a ‘reversed’ translation situation.”

Differently Drawn Boundaries of the Permissible in German and Australian Literary Journalism - Beate Josephi and Christine Müller C. Amanda Müller , Beate Josephi , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Journalism Studies , Spring vol. 1 no. 1 2009; (p. 67-78)

'This article contends that literary journalism, like its component parts of literature and journalism, is a construct based on different culturally and socially accepted conventions. German and Australian views of literary journalism are shaped by different histories and expectations, as the reaction to Anna Funder’s book Stasiland in Germany demonstrates. It examines the German cultural context at the time of Stasiland’s publication, and argues that the different approaches to privacy and to literary journalism in Australia and Germany resulted in vastly different receptions for the book.

Six Great Cover Ideas W. H. Chong , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 67 no. 3 2008; (p. 19-24)
Tyranny of Deadly Silence Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 March 2007; (p. 15)
The Innocence Manoeuvre Anna Funder , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2007 2007; (p. 182-188)
Born in the GDR: An Inside Account Gert Reifarth , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 66 no. 2 2007; (p. 164-171) The Best Australian Essays 2007 2007; (p. 189-198)

Gert Reifarth grew up in East Germany. In this essay, first published in Meanjin, he reflects on life behind the Iron Curtain and the tactics he used to circumvent government control. At one point, he sends coded letters to friends in the west so that they will smuggle in a copy of Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. As an adult now living in Melbourne, he discusses his feelings about the past and future of the former GDR.

Mehr als fremde Augen : Anna Funders Stasiland un die feinen Unterschiede des literarischen Journalismus Beate Josephi , C. Amanda Müller , 2007-2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 21-22 2007-2008; (p. 72-84)
Worthy Vessels Swing into Town Jason Steger , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18 November 2006; (p. 29)
Reports on the literary events of the week ending 18 November 2006
y Against Forgetting: Anna Funder’s Stasiland and Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation Susan Lever , 2006 6472667 2006 single work criticism

In this conference paper, available at the Academia.edu repository, Susan Lever compares Stasiland to Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation. The paper 'considers the similarities in approach to real events of Anna Funder's examination of the GDR and its system of surveillance, and Helen Garner's account of the trials of the killer of a young man in Canberra. It argues that the "novelistic", subjective approach to these real events counters the cold rationality of the state, and the legal process. The author/narrators openly side with the victims, speaking for the personal nature of experience, and a feminist perspective.' (From author's abstract.)

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)
Worthy Vessels Swing into Town Jason Steger , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18 November 2006; (p. 29)
Reports on the literary events of the week ending 18 November 2006
Tyranny of Deadly Silence Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 March 2007; (p. 15)
The Innocence Manoeuvre Anna Funder , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2007 2007; (p. 182-188)
Born in the GDR: An Inside Account Gert Reifarth , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 66 no. 2 2007; (p. 164-171) The Best Australian Essays 2007 2007; (p. 189-198)

Gert Reifarth grew up in East Germany. In this essay, first published in Meanjin, he reflects on life behind the Iron Curtain and the tactics he used to circumvent government control. At one point, he sends coded letters to friends in the west so that they will smuggle in a copy of Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. As an adult now living in Melbourne, he discusses his feelings about the past and future of the former GDR.

Six Great Cover Ideas W. H. Chong , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 67 no. 3 2008; (p. 19-24)
Australian Voices in Germany : The Translation of Anna Funder's Stasiland into German Leah Gerber , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Pen Magazine , November 2009; (p. 20-26)

The 3rd Conference of the International Association for Translation & Intercultural Studies (IATIS) was held at Monash University, Melbourne, in July 2009. The theme of the conference was 'Mediation & Conflict: Translation and Culture in a Global Context' and embraced such topics as cultural translation, the translator/interpreter as cultural broker in a trans-national world, the role of literary translation in challenging or reinforcing cultural difference, new media in translation, and political and ideological dimensions of translation. This is an excerpt from a paper presented by Dr Leah Gerber, of Monash University.


Many German publishers were unwilling to publish a German translation of Stasiland because the subject matter remained sensitive at the time of the book’s release. When the translation finally appeared, some German readers demanded to know why Funder thought she had the right to write about German history. The act of translation was also complex, as has been discussed by literary translation scholar Leah Gerber in this essay. Just one example is that Funder interviewed subjects in German, but then translated the interviews into English. “One of the key challenges posed to the translator,” Gerber notes, “is how to present a ‘reversed’ translation situation.”

Mehr als fremde Augen : Anna Funders Stasiland un die feinen Unterschiede des literarischen Journalismus Beate Josephi , C. Amanda Müller , 2007-2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 21-22 2007-2008; (p. 72-84)
Author Dwells on Courage in German Hells Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 - 4 September 2011; (p. 16)
War Heroes Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 September 2011; (p. 27-28)
Understanding the Great Oppressions On Love and Evil Nick Miller , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 1 July 2012; (p. 15) The Sun-Herald , 1 July 2012; (p. 74-75)
'A fascination with betrayal and courage has led to a prize-winning debut novel...'
Secrets Revealed Russell Wenholz , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 1 July 2012; (p. 26)
Telling the Truth William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 26 January 2013; (p. 10-11)
Free Agent Peter Conrad , 2012-2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , December-January no. 85 2012-2013; (p. 36-41)
The Migratory Imagination Kate Mitchell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossings : Journal of Migration and Culture , vol. 4 no. 1 2013;
y Against Forgetting: Anna Funder’s Stasiland and Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation Susan Lever , 2006 6472667 2006 single work criticism

In this conference paper, available at the Academia.edu repository, Susan Lever compares Stasiland to Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation. The paper 'considers the similarities in approach to real events of Anna Funder's examination of the GDR and its system of surveillance, and Helen Garner's account of the trials of the killer of a young man in Canberra. It argues that the "novelistic", subjective approach to these real events counters the cold rationality of the state, and the legal process. The author/narrators openly side with the victims, speaking for the personal nature of experience, and a feminist perspective.' (From author's abstract.)

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