"It was in offices that the Stasi truly came into their own: as innovators, story-makers, and Faustian bargain-hunters."

In this context, the use of the term Faustian places the Stasi in the role of the devil, manipulating the prisoner into unthinkable deals, in an attempt to quench their insatiable thirst for knowledge. This illustration by Harry Clarke was made for Goethe's famous interpretation of the Faust story; in the top left corner is the devil, represented by the demon Mephistopheles.