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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Into the zone of East Germany

In this selection of books we take you back to the era around the Fall of the Berlin Wall, second half to the 20th Century, to capture the feel of life behind the Wall and recommend some terrific reads to evoke the times.

A thriller set in the paranoid last weeks before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, depicting the special squads of armed officers, the torture chambers in the Stasi jail, the hundreds of thousands of informers who could do nothing to prevent the rebellion that saw the fall of the Berlin Wall....

"Porter's success lies in his ability to weave the fictitious lives of his characters into the real history of the period".

So, anyone who has had the experience of crossing into East Berlin before the Wall came down will probably get a huge amount from this book, just the small observations of life as it was, the border crossings, the intrigue and paranoia. And a good plot that re-evokes the period.

"Extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany"

The two Germanies are reunited, and East Germany ceases to exist. Funder exposes life Behind the Wall as she trawls through documents and meets people who have stories to tell. The setting is the divided city of Berlin. Twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham is assigned to a British-American surveillance team.Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life - and to lose his unwanted innocence; and a horrific turn of events leads the reader gasping.

In our Comments Box do suggest other novels that evoke the period of division between the two Germanies - there are lots of fascinating reads out there, which ones would you recommend?

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