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Sunday, 27 June 2004

Stasiland - thank goodness it's only history now

I just received my copy of Anna Funder's new book, Stasiland, yesterday as part of my latest order from Amazon, so I've done no more than glance at it briefly yet, but from extracts and a review I read in a newspaper a few weeks ago it should prove a most interesting and illuminating read. This only whets my appetite to get started. I did travel across East Germany once on a train journey from Beijing to London and a grey and unattractive place it seemed; the alsatian dogs searching under our train, under the guidance of their handlers, whilst we were stationary at an East Berlin railway staion was interesting only in that it seemed to confirm quite graphically all I had ever heard about that wonderful country. Now another trip I want to make in the nearish future is to Berlin and a few other cities in the former DDR.

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