All That I am, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Anna Funder, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and author of "Stasiland", offers a thrilling tale and powerful love story that tells the heroic and tragic true story of the German resistance in World War II in "All That I Am".

When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight.

United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they must flee the country.

Dora, passionate and fearless, her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller, her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans find refuge in London.

Here they take breath-taking risks in order to continue their work in secret.

But England is not the safe-haven they think it to be, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart..."The strengths of Funder's writing are emotional and imaginative.

In what she has to say about love, loss and betrayal there is profound truth". ("The Times"). "An often pacy and exciting read...Funder captures perfectly the sense of her characters' deprived and dangerous lives". ("Daily Mail"). "A superb novel that transcends its setting. This book is a wonder. Do, please, read it". ("Spectator"). Anna Funder is the author of the international bestseller "Stasiland", which won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in 20 countries and translated into 16 languages.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, and a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

Anna Funder grew up in Melbourne and Paris and lives in Sydney with her husband and family.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780670920426



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'All that I am' is not your average holocaust book. Anna Funder carves out a little-covered niche in time - the period before the worst of the atrocities - as the setting for her excellently written and researched book. The book's main characters are left-wing intelligenzia fleeing from Germany in the face of increasing threats by the Reich. The story is their struggle to tell the outside world of Germany's slide into despotism, as well as the individual stories of resourcefulness and incredible bravery, bewilderment and displacement. I always find books based on real life events compelling and this book is no exception. Anna Funder is to be congratulated for vividly bringing these little known individuals and their heroic deeds to life and for contributing to the answer to that enduring question about the Holocaust and other such atrocities - 'How could these things happen?'

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A complex story set in the years following the Nazis coming to power in Germany and the outbreak of WW11 that focuses on German political exiles in London. Funder brings a relatively unknown (at least to me) bit of history to life in a taut, but ultimately extremely bleak story involving betrayal of the highest order. There are no happy endings for any involved.

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