This exchange takes place two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall when the writer and the ex East German Minister of Arts run into each other.
Writer: Why wasn't I banned? Why wasn't I watched?
Minister: Of course, you were watched completely watched. You were under full survelliance.
Writer: Was I wire tapped also?
Minister: Absoulutely, every drop of your life.
Minister: Use your imagination even your sexual life..everything....it was far beyond what you could imagine, you little artist.
Until the fall of the wall each of them has paid a big price. After that a whole new world begins.
The Stasi on Our Minds By Timothy Garton Ash
Volume 54, Number 9 · May 31, 2007.
Anthony Lane in The New Yorker.
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