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It follows characters affected by the Nazi regime in pre-war Germany and Britain. The book was first published in by Penguin Books. A young Ruth Becker meets and marries a leading journalist, Hans Wesemann , while visiting her cousin Dora in Munich in Together they participate in left wing activism. In exile in London, always in danger of being deported by the British Government, they dedicate themselves to making the world realise how dangerous Hitler really is. The storytelling shifts from the point of view of Toller shortly before his suicide in New York in , and the sole survivor Ruth in Sydney in
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Anna Funder's Stasiland was an unlikely success: a history of the culture of surveillance in former East Germany that became a popular addition to the bookshelves of readers who normally shirked such dry-sounding material. - The story is very interesting: after Hitler comes to power in , Blatt, Toller and Fabian, along with Blatt's husband, Hans Wesemann, flee to London, where they continue with their resistance work. After the burning of the Reichstag, Hitler prepares a show trial in Berlin.
Stasiland, Anna Funder's Samuel Johnson prize-winner, was a collection of accounts of life in the former East Germany as related by both victims and perpetrators of the regime. It was a powerful work that explored what it was about the German psyche that made so many of its citizens such natural informers. By personalising history, Funder also made people responsible for it. In All That I Am, Funder takes her first step into full-blown fiction, albeit with a story firmly grounded in historical fact. The book concerns a group of German dissidents who fled to London in in the hope of alerting the world to the dangers of Hitler's rise.
A nna Funder's first book, Stasiland , was a work of great originality and interest. An account of life in the former German Democratic Republic, it sought to delineate individual and national states of being in the wake of the trauma of totalitarianism, and particularly to inquire into the mental state of a society that has suffered an absolute loss of faith in personal morality. This is a compelling subject, but it was Funder's approach to it that drew admiration. In something of the manner of WG Sebald , she took a role in her own narration: she personalised it, and by personalising it gave it an irrevocable moral character. The problems of reportage — who is the observer and where does their right to observe come from?