Anna Funder: Remembering the Victims

Australian writer Anna Funder gave a talk 24 September 2012 at a meeting arranged by the Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland, on both her book on daily life in East Germany, Stasiland, and her new novel, All That I Am, which takes place in Nazi Germany and England. Funder was also interviewed both in Morgunbladid 24 September and on television, in Kiljan, a weekly programme on literature, pretaped and broadcast 23 January 2013. Moreover, there was an account of her talk in, an Internet student magazine at the University of Iceland, and a discussion of Stasiland on Radio Channel One, of the Icelandic Broadcasting Service, 14 October.

Anna Funder’s message and that of other participants in the RNH international conference on 22 September provoked much discussion, Professor Stefan Olafsson for example attempting to make fun of it, and Polish-born mathematician Pawel Bartozsek defending our right and our duty to discuss the fate of communism’s countless victims. Funder’s talk at the conference is available here on Youtube. Her visit to Iceland formed a part of a joint project by RNH and AECR, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, on “Europe of the Victims: Remembering Communism”. Ms. Funder spoke about her Iceland tour to the Australian magazine The Monthly.


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