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Look Who's Back [Kindle Edition]

Timur Vermes , Jamie Bulloch
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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: 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 (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #905 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 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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82 of 93 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
4.0 out of 5 stars "A good satire a little heavy to digest at times." 23 April 2015
By Wras
Format:Kindle Edition
Hitler is back, how; he just wakes up covered in petrol on a park and everything has changed except him, this part of the book is very funny, we see everything Through his eyes and mind, a twisted repellent place that can not be cleaned of oudious beliefs. As an exercise in satire it is funny on and off. While I was reading it I kept getting the feeling that of and ecco a recognition of something I had experienced before And then I realized--like I was shot...like I was shot with a diamond...a diamond bullet right through my forehead. the horror the horror; it was Borat, Borat acting as he always acts and no one daring to contradict or confront him and that why it works we have seen this act on tv and film and seen what fools people are when confronted with absolute belief, we do not deare contradiction, in case we are accused of prejudice or racism, and we would act the same if Hitler was Borat if that makes any sense. Now the other cultural reference I got was from a film by Peter Sellers Being There. This are two brilliant ideas so if you cook with the best the results can not be bad and so it is with this book, a good satire a little heavy to digest at times.
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1 of 1 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 500 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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27 of 33 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 Bad taste
I appreciate satire but this just didn't seem right somehow. It was as if as in reflection " IT WASN'T ALL BAD" and that Hitler's regime had some good points. Read more
Published 2 days ago by huw jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious!
Published 4 days ago by Beatlemaniac
4.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of satire
Thoroughly entertaining and frequently amusing this book provides food for thought. I found myself pondering how current political climates across Europe bear worrying similarities... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Matthew Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Lost a lot in translation.
Published 10 days ago by Tobeowulf der Kunken
4.0 out of 5 stars Seemed short.
Would have liked this book to be a little longer, detailing more of his political success. Was an enjoyable and funny read.
Published 12 days ago by James Wilding
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny and very entertaining
I was bought this as a present from my daughter. Really funny and very entertaining.
Published 12 days ago by Kazsi
2.0 out of 5 stars The satire (joke? ) started to wear thin after ...
The satire (joke?) started to wear thin after the first third of the book. Can't even remember how it finished (I'm writing the review a week after getting to the end, which was a... Read more
Published 14 days ago by jimmy de santis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thing it was written by a German
You'll bust a gut laughing at this little shocker. Good thing it was written by a German. NOT to be taken seriously
Published 16 days ago by Dr.PeterDWilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and a good laugh.
Very funny at times. An interesting idea of Adolf Hitler living in the present world. You must read this with an open mind and do not take it too seriously. Read more
Published 16 days ago by A. Finnimore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent very funny
Published 17 days ago by maureen wileman
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