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.
2009New 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.
'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
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).