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Look Who's Back [Kindle Edition]

Timur Vermes , Jamie Bulloch
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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'Shockingly plausible' Die Zeit. 'Uproariously funny' Stern Magazin. 'A merciless satire on our media-obsessed society' n-tv.de.

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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 (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,580 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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3 of 3 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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71 of 80 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, deep satire. 24 April 2014
By biblia
Format:Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In 2011, Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of wasteland in Berlin. He’s wearing his uniform, although it’s spattered with cake crumbs and smells of petrol. Things seem to have changed: where is Eva Braun, what happened to the war and how on earth can a woman be running the country? Hitler fails to find his bunker and takes up temporary residence in a newspaper kiosk. He is discovered there by some TV producers, who consider him to be a brilliant Hitler impersonator. Soon he becomes the star of their satirical program. His rants against foreigners and the welfare state are both consumed as comedy and secretly admired by a German public fed up with modern politics.

‘The problem with these parliamentarians is that they simply haven’t understood a thing.’

I felt guilty about enjoying this novel, but the impact of modern technology on Hitler had me laughing out loud. The ‘Interworknet’ clearly provided magnificent opportunities for propaganda, while ‘Vikipedia’ helps fill in some of the blanks in his knowledge. Imagine the use he could put these tools to in creating a new Reich? Hitler considers he may be the only sane man left in the world: mad women pick up dog excrement in bags, the youth has no respect and the airwaves are filled with garbage. What on earth has the world come to?

‘The slogan reads: ‘It wasn’t all bad.’ I think we can work with that.’

Satire can be funny, but sometimes it cuts close to the bone. And for very many people, Hitler and humour cannot share a sentence. But if this novel is a humorous look at how Hitler might find the world over sixty years after his death, it’s also a reminder that people like Hitler can (and do) fit into contemporary society. Which isn’t funny at all.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and unfunny. 23 Dec. 2014
By Elaine
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this on the recommendation of someone at work and really wanted to enjoy what was apparently such a big hit... However, i found myself unable to enjoy it at all really, my main issues being:

1) I don't think it is particularly profound satire. It is after all a one-joke book which just presents the same "hilarious" situation of Hitler being mistaken as an impersonator of himself over and over again. I'm just not sure that this counts as satire for me.

2) I found it slightly uncomfortable reading, and not in a thought provoking way. More just the too-close-to-the-bone thought that people who hold such horrendous views can be seen as a bit of a laugh.

3) It's boring, so so boring. Once you've gotten over the one joke it's just a story about a grumpy man who works on TV. It's so so dull!

I wonder f it would be better if i could read the original version in German? I also think maybe it might be more subversive over there than here where we've been taking the mick out of Hitler for years...
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