What is Anna Funder reading?
Earlier this week Anna Funder dropped by Carlton to sign copies of her award-winning, debut novel, All That I Am.
We asked her what she was reading at the moment and her response was surprisingly and impressively varied. She included Leo Tolstoy’s classic War and Peace, Jonathon Franzen’s essay collection Farther Away, Richard Ford’s latest novel Canada and Farewell Glacier, a collection of poetry from Nick Drake who gather together voices from across the Arctic past – explorers, whalers, mapmakers, scientists, financiers, the famous and the forgotten.
After the signing we walked down to Jimmy’s to relax with a glass of wine. It was genuinely a pleasure to meet Anna who chatted about everything from growing up in Melbourne, to her current home in Brooklyn, to ‘atrocious rock-pop’. For those who are interested to know what might be coming next, Anna did mention she’s not focussing on Germany anymore.
All That I Am is out now.
The Farewell Glacier
Poems inspired by a journey to the High Arctic, calling up voices from across the Arctic past - explorers, whalers, mapmakers, scientists, financiers, the famous and the forgotten - as well as attempting to give voice to the...
War and Peace
Depicts Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on the lives of those caught up in the conflict. This book follows the rise and fall of families in St Petersburg and Moscow who are linked by their personal and political...
All That I Am
An award-winning author delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel, set in 1930's Europe and based on a true story, about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying...
A book of travel, history and biography that reads like a documentary novel. Anna Funder tells astonishing stories from the underbelly of the former East Germany. As her narrative builds, Stasiland records heartbreaking...
Courage, Survival, Greed
The nature of courage; the European notion of 'survival' as against the indigenous one; an analysis of greed - three brilliant essays written by leading and acclaimed Australian writers unflinchingly show us our world as never...