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Anna Funder Anna Funder i(A24555 works by)
Born: Established: 1966 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Anna Funder went to school in Melbourne and in Paris, and studied at the University of Melbourne and the Free University of Berlin. She holds a Doctor in Creative Arts (DCA) from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Fluent in both German and French, Funder has written in her book Stasiland of her experiences in Berlin, both before and after the Wall came down.

She was Writer-in-Residence at the Australian Centre in the University of Potsdam in 1997 and has won the Felix Meyer Creative Writing award, the Australian German Association Fellowship, and an Arts Victoria literature grant.

She has worked as a documentary film producer for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and as a translator for Deutsche Welle Television Berlin.

As of 2013, Funder lives in New York.

Exhibitions

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Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2009 New South Wales Writer's Fellowship $20,000 award to be used for the writing of a novel tentatively titled 'The General's Pleasure', based on the relationship between Matthew Flinders and his jailer, General Charles de Caen.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Wifedom : Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life Melbourne : Penguin , 2023 26029796 2023 single work biography

'A blazing, genre-bending masterpeice from one of the most inventive writers of our time.

'Looking for wonder and some reprieve from the everyday, Anna Funder slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own…

'When she uncovers his forgotten wife, it’s a revelation. Eileen O’Shaughnessy’s literary brilliance shaped Orwell’s work and her practical nous saved his life. But why – and how – was she written out of the story?

'Using newly discovered letters from Eileen to her best friend, Funder recreates the Orwells’ marriage, through the Spanish Civil War and WW II in London. As she rolls up the screen concealing Orwell’s private life she is led to question what it takes to be a writer – and what it is to be a wife.

'Compelling and utterly original, Wifedom speaks to the unsung work of women everywhere today, while offering a breathtakingly intimate view of one of the most important literary marriages of the 20th century. It is a book that speaks to our present moment as much as it illuminates the past.'(Publication summary)

2024 longlisted Women's Prize Trust Awards Women's Prize for Non-Fiction
2024 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
y separately published work icon All That I Am Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2011 Z1731728 2011 single work novel historical fiction

'Anna Funder's utterly compelling first novel All That I Am is about the heroic and largely tragic fate of a small group of left-wing German activists who opposed the rise of Hitler. It centres on two real people: the playwright Ernst Toller (famously eulogized by his friend W H Auden), and one of his associates, Ruth Koplowitz. Ruth was also a friend of Toller, and came to live in Sydney after WW2, where Anna got to know her well in later life. Their lives were tied together by the charismatic, passionate Dora - All That I Am vividly, passionately and irresistibly brings back to life their struggles, their hopes, their fears and their fates.'

Source: Penguin News, 6 October 2010
Sighted: 11/10/2010

2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2013 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2011 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards People's Choice Award
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2012 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Fiction
2011 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
2012 winner Australian Booksellers Association Awards BookPeople Book of the Year
2012 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2012 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2012 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2012 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
2012 winner Indie Awards Book of the Year
2012 winner Barbara Jefferis Award
2012 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2012 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature South Australian Literary Awards Award for Fiction
2012 winner Indie Awards Debut Fiction
y separately published work icon Stasiland Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2002 Z1001793 2002 single work non-fiction (taught in 5 units)
— Appears in: Reader's Digest Encounters : Real Life Reading 2006; (p. 9-174)

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).

2004 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards BookPeople Book of the Year Announced in 2005.
2004 shortlisted
2004 shortlisted Index Freedom of Expression Awards Book Award
2002 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Non-Fiction Book
2003 shortlisted Guardian First Book Award
2002 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Non-Fiction Prize
2004 winner Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
2004 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature South Australian Literary Awards Award for Innovation in Writing
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