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Look Who's Back [Kindle Edition]

Timur Vermes , Jamie Bulloch
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 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.

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

'Both funny and frightening, this is a subtle, historical study of the commanding nature of the fanatical demagogue, as well as a savage critique of contemporary western culture. It is a powerful and important book' Sue Gaisford, Independent.

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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: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ŗ r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELIF0Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,294 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently executed satire 16 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Leap of imagination. Hitler wakes up in modern day Berlin. That’s the premise of this book.

An excellent, and at times very funny, satire on the press, media and celebrity intelligently put together. By the end you begin to see how celebrity and the media can be manipulated and the rather sinister undertones of what can happen…a warning if you like.

It helps if you have some very basic knowledge of Germany but there is a good appendix telling you who all the names who are mentioned are. Therefore read this first as a refresher/catch up.

Thoroughly recommended if you like satire, or even if you didn’t know you did, and leave alone if you are bereft of imagination. I can’t give four and a half stars so five it will be.
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2 of 2 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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84 of 95 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 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Emma T
Format:Paperback
It can't be easy to translate humour - particularly one which has so much to say about contemporary German culture - but this was absolutely hilarious and very accessible. An excellent translation. I did love the very acerbic digs at 'ironic' racist humour - Hitler's being very sincere, but people take it as ironic. Some hilarious speeches, neatly capturing the tone of Hitler's self-aggrandising style. An excellent book which really made me explore my assumptions about modern media.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like satire then read this book 27 Mar. 2014
By I Readalot TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
satirising Hitler does not work. This book was jarring and insensitive.
Published 5 days ago by Kloe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Book that shines a dark light on our modern mass media world.
Adolf Hitler wakes up in modern day Berlin and people think he’s a satirical impersonator who never breaks character. Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Stanford
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitler returns will he be the same?
Of course he will and the book explores his fanaticism with humour and a cynical view of the world we live in. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kevin Grigg
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look
Slick clever thought-provoking satire.
Published 8 days ago by Arthur L
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
hard going book - given up!
Published 8 days ago by Softbabe Wirral
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very amusing if you know the background
Published 9 days ago by carol stockdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Uncomfortable reading at times but also a damning ...
Superb. Uncomfortable reading at times but also a damning indictment on popular culture and our obsession with celebration of banality and how anyone with an iota of sincerity may... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Scarlett Moyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Absolutely fantastic, a unique insight into modern culture from a thoroughly original perspective. Hilarious and thought provoking in equal measure, this is a must read.
Published 14 days ago by J. M. Curzon
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch AntiRacist Hitler on youtube
As soon as I saw this book, it for some reason reminded me of the excellent 10 minute animated short on youtube called "AntiRacist Hitler". I urge you to watch it.
Published 16 days ago by Ellison J. Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, not many parts though
It is funny in parts but not enough parts.
The long passages where Hitler muses on his past and contemplates his next rise to power are tedious. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Valerie Crowley
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