Sektion 20

Sektion 20
Paul Dowswell
Reviewed by Richard Aird
Bloomsbury
Tue, 06/09/2011
9781408808634
£6.99

Alex and his family live in East Berlin during the Cold War. As a teenager, Alex becomes disillusioned by the socialist ideals of the GDR and finds himself of increasing interest to the Stasi. As the Stasi monitor Alex, he loses his friends, education and promised employment, and realises that his family is being watched.  They make the dramatic decision to flee over the wall to West Berlin, but find that the reach of the Stasi goes further than they could have ever imagined. Sektion 20 isn’t a fast-paced thriller, but it has an immense depth in its realistic portrayal of life in the GDR during the Cold War. Incredibly well researched, the book draws you into Alex’s life as his struggle
to escape unfolds.
 

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