I don't often read non fiction so this was a real surprise - it has to rank up there with the best eye-witness accounts of the life experiences of people surviving in such different circumstances from my own. The generosity of of people to disclose such painful, sometimes humiliating experiences is a testament to the Anna Funder's capacity to retell - and in another language!
Walking through the Stasi prison with a victim-guide kept my emotions dancing on hot coals all night.
What made the performance so good was the excellent pronunciation by Denica Fairman - getting things right. More often a story has been spoilt by the laziness of a performer failing to pronounce names and places correctly. The tone and spareness of the narration fully enabled the engagement of an over-active imagination like mine.
I had to hold my breath when Anna, with brutal insight and honesty, met with each informant.
I had heard Anna Funder interviewed on radio a couple of times and it took me a few years to tackle the book. Brilliant.
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