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Look Who's Back

Look Who's Back [Kindle Edition]

Timur Vermes , Jamie Bulloch
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'Shockingly plausible' Die Zeit. 'Uproariously funny' Stern Magazin. 'A merciless satire on our media-obsessed society'

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Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman.

People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Führer has another programme with even greater ambition - to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights.

Look Who's Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 664 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (27 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELIF0Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Timur Vermes was born in Nuremberg in 1967, the son of a German mother and a Hungarian father who fled Hungary in 1956. He studied history and politics and went on to become a journalist. He has written for various newspapers and magazines, and has ghostwritten several books since 2007. This is his first novel, and is currently being made into a film by Mythos in a co-production with Constantin Film.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, deep satire. 24 April 2014
By biblia
This satire targets Hitler, Nazism, the modern cult of celebrity and many other subjects besides, and I found it thought-provoking and hilarious at the same time. The author has managed to pull off something most wouldn't dare attempt, in a way that makes you laugh and shiver too. Amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Walking the razors edge of political correctness 19 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this book an enjoyable if audacious spoof challenging current political sensitivities and political correctness. The author choses the most emblematic hate figure of the 20th century and recasts him in the 21st century,apart from his racial rants, as an almost sympathetic character questioning our current obsession with money and fame. Timur Vermes cleverly preempts an almost certain backlash by the Jewish communities and by all right thinking citizens of today by making his"hero" the target of hate by exactly those groups who one would normally consider to be his natural allies ie the extreme right and neo nazi organizations. A clever witty book and one which gives this verboten subject a cathartic airing
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars.

I can guess what you're thinking: "That cover.... is that .... ?" And then, "But it says it's funny....?!"
I can see from some other reviews and comments around that this is appalling to some, that the concept of a comedic book about one of the most evil men who ever lived is abhorrent. I can understand that. But I also think that comedy, and satire in particular has a great deal of value in making us think about situations and people in ways we might not have before.

I imagine a few people (like me) will consider themselves irreverent and try this because of the 'shock' value. I know I saw the fantastically simple but instantly recognisable cover and was sold. Thing is, this isn't written for its shock value. At least, I don't think that's it's major point. It's not disrespectful. It's certainly not cheap laughs and stereotypes. This is a well-thought-out, witty and very relevant satire on modern life, on the media, on our own sense of humour. At times it's frightening how like sheep people can be, were then, still are.

We have to take one giant leap for it to work - Adolf Hitler from 1945 suddenly wakes up in modern-day Germany. We never find out how, even he doesn't spend too long questioning. To immerse yourself in what happens after, you just have to accept it. Initially disorientated, he doesn't let his unfamiliar surroundings faze him for long. A kind-hearted newspaper seller takes him under his wing and is the first of many to see the Führer as a fully-in-character comedy impersonator. Soon TV producers come calling and a slot on a comedy show beckons. What was once a hypnotic despot is now a hypnotic comedy performer. Is this the point?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Obviously not taken seriously, I found 'Look Who's Back' as a comical book that draws on many problems with current society and it's fascination with the media, viral videos and celebrities.

Although to more sensitive readers it may appear as if it is trying to make a cheap joke. However, I found it to be very engaging and funny! Through small things such as the discovery of the internet, youtube and smart phones to interactions with his assistant and her overuse of the phrase LOL! I found 'Look Who's Back' to be a fresh read and after reading countless books on the subject due to my degree and profession, this book is remarkably fresh.

Would definitely recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who said satire is dead? 31 May 2014
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Who'd a thought it? A book written in the first person by one A. Hitler.
It seems he didn't shuffle off this mortal coil after all, he was only sleeping. He wakes up in Berlin in 2011, not a day older, but hey, just go with it.
Some of 21st Century life he find's baffling,,but he picks it up quickly enough, and it's clear that the world needs him again, and yep, he's ready and willing.....
But, those around him think he's the best Hitler impersonator ever - they see him as a comedian who truly 'lives' the part. Meanwhile, he's just being himself. What's interesting is how plausible and reasonable some of his pronouncements appear. And his 'thoughts' too.
I've given it 4 stars not 5 (4.5 if I could) because (spoiler alert!) .... twigs that he's serious / challenges him. One or two get close, but he's allowed to get away with it every time. Obviously the story would pan out differently if they did get it, and the author clearly wanted him to get away with it,...but I wanted to see how the author would handle the dialogue at that point of discovery, e.g. if the journalist got it....... but I guess it's ultimately more scary this way.
'Cos yep, he's back!!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like satire then read this book 27 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Every once in a while I read the blurb of a book and think 'I have to read this'. 'Look Who's Back' definitely fits into this category. After requesting this title I kept checking my emails from NetGalley to see if I had been approved and saw it while on the bus going home from work. Started reading almost as soon as I got home, found it hard to put down and finished it in a couple of days.

`Look Who's Back' is narrated by Hitler himself, from the moment he wakes up in unusual surroundings in 2011, it is Berlin but it has changed. People recognise him but believe he is just an impersonator, a comedian who takes his work very seriously, this of course is frustrating for the Fuhrer but incredibly funny for the reader of this book. The reader knows who he is and so we know that he means what he says and much of the humour comes from the misunderstanding of others. He appears on a TV show and the clip of his ranting is posted on YouTube, needless to say it goes viral and he becomes famous with fans and haters. He is not very complimentary about Germany's present Chancellor or indeed in the way the country is being run in general.

The satire in `Look Who's Back' is inspired, only a German could have written it. Like the characters in the book some people will laugh and others will believe that Hitler is not a subject for humour and condemn it, it will have its fans and haters. It made me laugh but is also incredibly thought provoking. I just want to say to anyone who - like me - enjoys satire - 'read this book'.

I only discovered this title through NetGalley, so thank you to them and the publisher Quercus for making it available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably better in German
Amusing but suspect some of the humour is lost in translation.
Published 1 day ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and frightening idea well portrayed.
Really well translated none of the irony has been lost. A few laugh out loud moments too. Waiting now for the film version- who will play Adolf?
Published 4 days ago by Lanta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
once you get the idea a bit samey
Published 10 days ago by pip
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite book of the YEAR
One of my favorite books of the YEAR. What a provocative and daring novel this one. The author is very brave to take on such a controversial topic and person and spin this clever... Read more
Published 15 days ago by S. Shamma
4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Hitler....!
This was a very surreal book and took some time to get going. The German take on what would happen if Hitler had returned in current times is amusing at times and hopefully quite... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Cheeky77
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting take on the modern world
i bought this book in Germany and I found some of it funny, but not all. I would say it was more a strange start to an interesting take on what our modern world has become. Read more
Published 16 days ago by caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Too hilarious not to read !
Published 18 days ago by hsianloon
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I did like this book, it has its funny moments although I felt that the plot never really gathered momentum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a Look
IT’S not often you’ll find the words German and funny in the same sentence, but against all the odds it looks like the Fatherland has found a son with a sense of humour. Read more
Published 22 days ago by J. Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars jesus?
Look Who's Back has to be one of the cleverest, wittiest, side splitting giggle inducing satires I've ever read! People with no sense of humour probably won't like it!
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