History Literature / Stasiland

17th Oct '13 3:05:46 AM GhostOfAGeek
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Stasiland is a 2001 non-fiction novel by Australian journalist Anna Funder. Fascinated by the German language and history, Funder moves to the former EastGermany, a land which no longer exists on paper but is still definitely there, to collect the stories from the former German Democratic Republic. She meets with ex-Stasi informers, workers, spies and their victims. The novel questions the human cost of the GDR, the reasoning behind the wall and the point of communism, the twentieth century's experiment on humans.

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Stasiland ''Stasiland'' is a 2001 non-fiction novel by Australian journalist Anna Funder. Fascinated by the German language and history, Funder moves to the former EastGermany, a land which no longer exists on paper but is still definitely there, to collect the stories from the former German Democratic Republic. She meets with ex-Stasi informers, workers, spies and their victims. The novel questions the human cost of the GDR, the reasoning behind the wall and the point of communism, the twentieth century's experiment on humans.



* StateSec[=/=]SecretPolice: The Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatsicherheit.[[labelnote:*]]Ministry for State Security[/labelnote]]

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* StateSec[=/=]SecretPolice: The Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatsicherheit.[[labelnote:*]]Ministry for State Security[/labelnote]]Security[[/labelnote]]
17th Oct '13 3:00:01 AM GhostOfAGeek
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!!Tropes shown in Stasiland

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!!Tropes shown in Stasiland''Stasiland'':



** Julia: A bright young thing who could speak four languages and wanted to facilitate peace between the USSR and the USA was sent to a far off boarding school and prevented from getting a job - any job - simply because her boyfriend was a westerner. It gets worse for her ''after'' the Wall comes down.

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** Julia: A bright young thing who could speak four languages and wanted to facilitate peace between the USSR and the USA was sent to a far off boarding school and prevented from getting a job - -- any job - -- simply because her boyfriend was a westerner. It gets worse for her ''after'' the Wall comes down.



* StateSec[=/=]SecretPolice: The Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatsicherheit hottip*Ministry for State Security.

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* StateSec[=/=]SecretPolice: The Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatsicherheit hottip*Ministry Staatsicherheit.[[labelnote:*]]Ministry for State Security.Security[/labelnote]]
7th Jun '13 3:51:26 PM Hopperski
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* WhyWereBummedCommunismFell

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* WhyWereBummedCommunismFellWhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell
19th Jul '12 1:59:53 PM karstovich2
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Stasiland is a 2001 non-fiction novel by Australian journalist Anna Funder. Fascinated by the German language and history, Funder moves to the former East Germany, a land which no longer exists on paper but is still definitely there, to collect the stories from former German Democratic Republic. She meets with ex-Stasi informers, workers, spies and their victims. The novel questions the human cost of the GDR, the reasoning behind the wall and the point of communism, the twentieth century's experiment on humans.

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Stasiland is a 2001 non-fiction novel by Australian journalist Anna Funder. Fascinated by the German language and history, Funder moves to the former East Germany, EastGermany, a land which no longer exists on paper but is still definitely there, to collect the stories from the former German Democratic Republic. She meets with ex-Stasi informers, workers, spies and their victims. The novel questions the human cost of the GDR, the reasoning behind the wall and the point of communism, the twentieth century's experiment on humans.
6th Apr '12 2:08:38 AM EpitomeORandom
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* GratuitousHungarian: In Julia's letters.

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* GratuitousHungarian: In GratuitousForeignLanguage: In-Universe, Hungarian in Julia's letters.
5th Apr '12 6:02:19 AM Telcontar
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* DesignatedVillain: Herr Bohnsack admitted to be a high-up in the Stasi and repented for what he did, but it took years for people to stop treating him like the enemy. Even during his interview in 1996, he still has no one he can count as a friend.
5th Apr '12 6:01:14 AM Telcontar
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Stasiland is a 2001 non-fiction novel by Australian journalist Anna Funder. Fascinated by the German language and history, Funder moves to the former East Germany, a land which no longer exists on paper but is still definitely there, to collect the stories from former German Democratic Republic. She meets with ex-Stasi informers, workers, spies and their victims. The novel questions the human cost of the GDR, the reasoning behind the wall and the point of communism, the twentieth century's experiment on humans.

!!Tropes shown in Stasiland
* BrokenBird: Oh so many. The three main ones would be:
** Miriam: Arrested for putting up flyers, caught. Captured while metres away from escaping over the Berlin Wall and not allowed to sleep for ten days. Jailed for two years. When she got out she was seventeen and a half. And that's just the beginning...
** Julia: A bright young thing who could speak four languages and wanted to facilitate peace between the USSR and the USA was sent to a far off boarding school and prevented from getting a job - any job - simply because her boyfriend was a westerner. It gets worse for her ''after'' the Wall comes down.
** Frau Paul: Separated from her seriously ill son for five and a half years by the Wall. Arrested for attempting to escape and forced to choose between seeing her son and preventing another escapee from being arrested and tortured. [[spoiler: She chooses the escapee.]]
* CrapsackWorld: Sure, there was no homelessness or rape in the GDR. You could even leave your front door open! Mostly because the Stasi could see inside your house anyway...
* CrazyCulturalComparison: After unification, there was a lot of clashes between the long-suffering Ossis and their Wessi cousins.
* DesignatedVillain: Herr Bohnsack admitted to be a high-up in the Stasi and repented for what he did, but it took years for people to stop treating him like the enemy. Even during his interview in 1996, he still has no one he can count as a friend.
* GratuitousGerman: Occasionally, but sometimes the words can't be translated directly into English.
* GratuitousHungarian: In Julia's letters.
* JusticeWillPrevail: Miriam's belief before her first arrest.
* NoNameGiven: Herr "Winz", The Italian Boyfriend, Major N.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Stasi raised this to an art form.
* PosthumousCharacter: Charlie. To a lesser extent, Mielke and Honecker.
* PunchClockVillain: Some of the Stasi men. They were less villified in unified Germany because, well, they were JustFollowingOrders.
** This is why unofficial informers were so hated: They didn't need to inform. They chose to anyway.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Julia.]]
* SovietSuperscience: The doping scandals mentioned in passing.
* StateSec[=/=]SecretPolice: The Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatsicherheit hottip*Ministry for State Security.
* WhyWereBummedCommunismFell
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