Stasiland by Anna Funder is a book published in 2003 about individuals who resisted the East German regime, and others who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. It tells the story of what it was like to work for the Stasi, and describes how those who did so now come to terms, or do not, with their pasts.

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First edition cover
AuthorAnna Funder
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectEast German culture, Stasi
Publication date
5 June 2003
LC ClassHV8210.5 .A2

Funder, an Australian, found that Germans often resorted to stereotypes in describing the Ossis, the German nickname for those who lived in East Germany, dismissing questions about civil resistance. She used classified ads to reach former members of the Stasi and anti-Stasi organizations and interviewed them extensively.[1]


Chris Mitchell of Spike Magazine called it "an essential insight into the totalitarian regime".[2] Giles MacDonogh wrote in The Guardian that the culture of informants and moral capitulations "comes wonderfully to life in Funder's racy account".[1]

Stasiland has been published in sixty nine countries and translated into a dozen languages. It was shortlisted for many awards in the UK and Australia, among them the Age Book of the Year Awards, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, the Guardian First Book Award 2003, the South Australian Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation in Writing) 2004, the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2004, and the W.H. Heinemann Award 2004. In June 2004 it was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Stasiland is being developed for the stage by The National Theatre in London.[citation needed][when?]

On 28 October 2019, the London-based electropop band Ekkoes announced that they were releasing an album, also called Stasiland, based on Funder's book, with the first track, Utopia, to be released on 1 November 2019, and the full album to be released on 20 December 2019.


  1. ^ a b Giles MacDonogh (June 7, 2003). "The spy's the limit: Giles MacDonogh is gripped by personal histories of Stasi rule in Anna Funder's Stasiland, and gave it a total rating of 5/7". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
  2. ^ "Anna Funder: Stasiland". Spike Magazine. August 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-14.

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