Anna Funder


Anna Funder
Anna Funder is the author of All That I Am, which won the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and a book of non-fiction, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall.



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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Confidence trick

Culture

It’s dusk at the crossroads in inner Sydney. Tom Wright, associate director of the Sydney Theatre Company, and I are returning children after a play-date. The two five-year-old girls swing around the traffic pole, while in the background Tom’s eight-year-old …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Heaven, hell and limbo

Society

The first time I took my new baby out I put him in a sling and walked to the local shops, where I ran into a friend with two Papuan artists whose exhibition she had helped arrange. The artists were small, dignified women, dressed in long summer skirts. …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Bad hotel

Society

At dusk the bats fly silently over our house in inner Sydney. Unlike birds, which coast through the air without apparent thought or work, the bat’s effort to stay aloft, with each wing-beat going from out wide to almost touching under its heavy body, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Water Gods

Society

Not long ago I stood at the edge of my local pool in inner Sydney looking forward to getting a load off my feet – not that I had seen them for a while. I was in the last week of my third pregnancy, and my feet, along with quite a bit of the rest of …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

All bogans here

Society

In a recent Chaser sketch, Julian Morrow dressed up as a “citizens’ infringement officer” in a yellow fluoro jacket. He walked the streets of inner Sydney conducting a baby-name audit. Where appropriate, he handed out fines. “Sebastian,” …



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