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Look Who's Back [Kindle Edition]

Timur Vermes , Jamie Bulloch
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

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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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'Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny' Rebecca Morrison, Independent.

'Worryingly believable (time travelling despots aside) and unsettling. But also very funny' Nathan Filer.

'A brilliant book' Russell Kane.

'Brilliant and hilarious' Ken Follett.

'Laugh-out-loud funny ... An uproarious, disturbing book that will resonate long after you turn the final page' Caroline Jowett, Daily Express.

'Both funny and frightening ... A powerful and important book' Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday.

'Wonderfully inventive, very funny and superbly written' We Love This Book.

'This uproariously funny satire will have you in stitches' Shortlist.

'Peculiar, provocative and very funny ... It makes you laugh and forces you to think' Irish Independent.

From the Back Cover

HE'S BACK.
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.
AND HE'S FÜHRIOUS.
People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refused 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. Naïve yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revised Hitler unquestionable has a spring in his step.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELIF0Z2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,608 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something quite different 12 Feb. 2015
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I originally heard about this book from a publisher and whilst I was a little wary in regard to the subject matter, I thought that it would be more than interesting to see what could occur in an alternate history timeline especially with the modern advances in technology.

What this book is, and the reader has to remember, is that it’s a satire, which whilst it may not always come across as such with the translation, is something that can and will at times scare the reader as they can see how things that we take as every day now can be turned to further a cause as well as a get a message across.

The Hitler within the pages is a person that the reader will find fascinating, the way he has to adapt to our world, the way he see’s modern problems and the way in which a mind can twist words to play not only to the reader but also to the other cast members within. All round, it’s a book that is quite easy to read multiple pages of, has what feels like a firm hand on the modern world and all round gives the reader something to not only think about but to question which overall is perhaps the main point of a satire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant time travel and political humour 7 July 2015
By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I cant think when I've enjoyed a popular paper back quite as much as I have this book and therefore I heartily recommend it.

There are some of the staples of time travel science fiction here, the protagonist, in this case Hitler with his unique perspective, encounters all the modern or interim innovations and developments responding to them as someone of his own earlier and different age. Its humorous, and that's the main point often in science fiction time travel fiction, but it also gives you occasion to think about the mundane or ordinary that is presented in this way. This was one of the great things about Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

Vermes starts out simple enough, Hitler has been transposed from his more immediate setting in the middle of the war, the dress and behaviour of young people who meet him bewilders him as a consequence, their dress and skateboards but slowly, and I think the pace is excellent, one mod con after another is introduced, ring tones, mobile phones, "the mouse", the internetwork, wikipedia.

The political aspect of the humour and satire is done well too, for instance Hitler's thinking about the turks from his being taken in by a turkish news stand operator through his rise to youtube and television personality, to his meeting with modern day "nationalists", ie nazis and their response to him. This was something which had been done already to a certain extent by satirical political humourists like the team behind Iron Sky which had "moon nazis" visiting earth and beating up present day represenatives of thuggish fascism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely intelligent and enjoyable satire 9 April 2015
By Dr Lex
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A supremely well observed indictment of our superficial, novelty-obsessed and politically-correct culture - cuts very close to the bone, which is probably why various reviewers here couldn't deal with it. Well informed about history, it doesn't rely on cheap laughs but sets up the various incidents in a brilliantly (and chillingly) believable manner. Extremely well written and translated - half of the fun is the use language, both Hitler's and 'ours' - this turns out to be a book one can't put down, as one observes with a perfect mix of delight (because it's so well written) & horror (because of what it actually means) the steady rise of this revenant... A triumph.
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88 of 99 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not as good as expected
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very funny book, well written and a hell of a page turner.
Published 2 days ago by Mr. David Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny. Very clever. Extremely well translated. Very readable.
Published 7 days ago by BpB
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not quite what I expected, but unusual enough to keep on reading.
Published 10 days ago by IonaLuing
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Very good. Catches your attention from the start and holds it until the last page. An enjoyable read.
Published 10 days ago by dave t
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very funny, very perceptive
Published 13 days ago by Tony Crisp
2.0 out of 5 stars A good translation? Maybe not.
After reading this book in German and then English (which I do often to help with my own translations), I can't help but feel that this translation is dry and clinical. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Reuben Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars scary reincarnation
I was recommended this book by a friend. I did enjoy it it was a very humorous view of the world today.
Published 14 days ago by April Cottage
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Fantastic book, very funny and amusing on so many different levels. Throughly enjoyed reading this book.
Published 17 days ago by Mrs R Thurlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Shows real political insight
Prophetic! Scary! Funny! Shows real political insight........
Published 20 days ago by Miss JHM Butterworth
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