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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 (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,624 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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61 of 69 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply unfunny – a missed opportunity 13 Jun 2014
I really wanted to like this book, as it's an interesting premise and a great opportunity for some sharp satire and black humour.

By the time I had got to page 130 and the corners of my mouth had not once been troubled by the vaguest flicker of a smile, I realised I was chasing a lost cause.

Smug, obvious and deeply unfunny comments on modern architecture, morals, technology, politics, language and culture, a lack of internal logic that would have helped to suspend disbelief, a lack of any historical insights, plodding language (possibly attributable to the translation), very poor characterisation of the main character and a weak plot. All of these factors go towards making this a tedious dirge of a read.

At the end of one chapter we read that Adolf thinks YouTube is actually U-tube (as in U-boat – geddit?). I suppose that has to be at the end of the chapter because you need time to recover from the massive belly laugh and wipe the tears of helpless laughter from your eyes before moving on to the next chapter.

I assume the book is popular in Germany because it attracted a lot of publicity and is considered rather daring, broaching as it does a “taboo” subject. I read and speak German, having lived there for a few years, but I chose to read the English translation. It’s possible the book is witty and hilarious in the original language but quite frankly, life is too short to find out.
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9 of 10 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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24 of 29 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!!!!
Does not make any sense whatsoever as bear
any relation to what happened after the war,and is boring in its writing
Published 2 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent satire and a take on modern society
Excellent satire and a take on modern society. Historical knowledge is a valuable prerequisite, but I can imagine that it is not everyone's cup of tea.
Published 12 days ago by Andy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic. I loved it and enjoyed every minute; just not long enough!!
Published 13 days ago by Baz
5.0 out of 5 stars For me a must read, funny witty and thought provoking
For me a must read, funny witty and thought provoking.

I understand this has been translated from German, you would never know its flow and use of words is superb
Published 16 days ago by Vince101
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Some funny moments and good start but lacked a middle and end
Published 22 days ago by MAXICA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was ok
Published 23 days ago by gillian harpur
After a couple of unsuccessful entries to win a copy of this book via GoodReads - GiveAways I received a copy as a gift from a family member. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time and as described.
Published 28 days ago by Zvi Feler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stranger In A Strange Land
Not to every ones liking. Hitler is not the most sympathetic of characters. So, on the face of it, the book has a pretty unpleasant premis. Yet, it is more than that. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Phil kane
4.0 out of 5 stars Having Hitler coming back from the dead and ending up ...
Having Hitler coming back from the dead and ending up on German telly as a comic is a brave subject for a book but it works well
Published 29 days ago by philip harper
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