Brutal state repression, comic river travel, and a mystery in the Arctic
Profile #18: Stasiland by Anna Funder. Profile by Susannah Worth.
A mesmerising portrait of the secret police who ruled East Germany in the Cold War years, and the victims who for whatever reason were unlucky enough to draw their attention. Stasiland gathers together memories of that time and its aftermath from people who lived through it, from ex-Stasi officers, and from the author herself.
Profile#19: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Profile by Roy Adkins.
Three London friends and a dog take a leisurely boat trip up the River Thames. Their story is a tapestry of comical incidents, anecdotes on various topics, loosely connected digressions and descriptive pieces on the places they pass.
Profile #20: Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Høeg. Profile by Gosia Rokicka.
A daughter of Greenland living in Copenhagen, Smilla is an expert on snow. What she sees in the tracks of a young boy who has fallen to his death starts her down a complex and dangerous journey of investigation that leads to a breath-taking confrontation on the treacherous ice off Greenland's barren coast.