Page 126. " And here it was: a dance invented by a committee, a bizarre hipless camel of a thing. "

A film similar to the one Anna describes stumbling across at the archive of GDR television programmes, is on show at the DDR Museum in Berlin – here's a clip of the very unsexy Lipsi:

Page 130. " '-but I've been reading books you wrote yourself,' I say. 'They wouldn't be wrong, would they?' "

Karl-Eduard von Schitzler, 1956
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeKarl-Eduard von Schitzler, 1956 - Credit: Zimontkowski
For more on Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler's own publications, see Anna Funder's endnote on page 285.

Page 138. " 'That is not my flag. That's the Federal Republic's.' "

Flag of the Federal Republic of Germany
Public DomainFlag of the Federal Republic of Germany
Flag of the German Democratic Republic
Public DomainFlag of the German Democratic Republic

Here is the flag of the Federal Republic of Germany, and that of the German Democratic Republic (1959–1990), which was known as the Spalterflagge (divider flag). The coat of arms depicts a hammer, compass and wreath of wheat, representing the labourers, the intellectuals and the farmers.

Page 143. " After the trial she lived on her own in Lichtenberg in East Berlin. It was difficult for her to leave the apartment. "

Lichtenberg is east of the city centre; an area notorious for neo-Nazi activity and for being home to the former Stasi Headquarters at Normannenstrasse, today the Stasi Museum. 

Page 145. " Tiresias on a bike "

Tiresias, in Greek mythology, was a blind prophet. Cursed by the gods, and by men, his pragmatic, modern voice has frequently been evoked in more modern literature, such as T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, in Dante's The Divine Comedy and in Tiresias by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Page 147. " There's order everywhere else in German life – even the handicapped are labelled with yellow (yellow!) armbands. "

A representation of the armband worn by some visually impaired people in Germany and Austria today
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumA representation of the armband worn by some visually impaired people in Germany and Austria today - Credit: Susannah Worth
The yellow arm band with three black dots is not compulsory, but visually impaired people are only guaranteed to avoid liability in the case of an accident if they wear one. A wearer can be seen in Simon Høgsberg's We're All Gonna Die - 100 meters of existence, mentioned in the Bookmark for page 261.

There is some controversy over this labelling device, not least because the symbol resembles so closely the armband worn by blinded soldiers in World War II – an original can be seen here on a site dedicated to military memorabilia (about two thirds down the page).