Through her prize-winning books All That I Am and Stasiland, Anna Funder has deeply considered the cost of lying and truth-telling in regimes of untruth. She’s joined by Sarah Krasnostein to discuss what happens to people who spout lies and those who refuse to go along with them. The pair also highlight the inherent friction between power and truth, and consider how 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we find ourselves in a post-truth rather than post-communist age.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned.

Anna Funder (Australian)

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Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and celebrated writers. Her multi-award winning novel All That I Am was an homage four extraordinary German anti-Hitler activists in exile in London in the 1930s. It won the Miles Franklin Prize, spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, and is being made into a feature film. Anna’s Stasiland won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction in English. Both books are international bestsellers, published in over 25 countries. Her most recent book is the novella, The Girl With The Dogs.

Sarah Krasnostein (Australian)

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Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a doctorate in criminal law. She is the multi-award winning, bestselling author of The Trauma Cleaner. Her work has appeared in The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Longreads, Lenny Letter, The Australian, New Matilda and a number of academic journals, amongst others. Born in America, Sarah lives in Melbourne and spends part of the year working in New York City where she was recently awarded a New York Public Library Research Fellowship.