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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' 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 (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,208 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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9 of 10 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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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
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle and subversive 20 July 2014
By M. D. Holley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very powerful novel this. Extremely clever. Subtle and subversive. Hilariously funny too.

Making Hitler himself the narrator is a good idea, because you as the reader get drawn in and feel some sympathy with him. How weird and distressing is that? It feels like the author has crawled inside your head and is messing about in there.

The book is not afraid to confront really difficult issues head on. In particular there is the scene where one of Hitler's closest friends, his secretary, brings out a photo of her dead Jewish family. I was wondering where the author would take this scene. Suffice to say the path the scene takes is pretty disturbing.

Comedy can sometimes uncover the truth in ways that 'serious' historians cannot. There are many books about Hitler, but these are gradually creating a caricature of the man. I am afraid they may even be obscuring the truth and increasing the liklihood that a modern day Hitler would gain popular support. In contrast, anyone who has read and understood 'Look Who's Back' is unlikely to vote for those contemporary policical parties whose affable leaders promote racist ideas.

The book feels quite light hearted initially, but as it went along I experienced it as being darker and darker.

I imagined the ending of the novel might bring some resolution, some return to sanity. It doesn't, and the book is all the more provocative for that.

Highly recommended. It should be required reading for every school child.
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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 3 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 8 days ago by MAXICA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was ok
Published 10 days ago by gillian harpur
4.0 out of 5 stars DARK & DARING, BRAVELY OUTSPOKEN
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 13 days ago by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time and as described.
Published 14 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 14 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 16 days ago by philip harper
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably better in German
Amusing but suspect some of the humour is lost in translation.
Published 20 days ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and frightening idea well portrayed.
Really well translated none of the irony has been lost. A few laugh out loud moments too. Waiting now for the film version- who will play Adolf?
Published 23 days ago by Lanta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
once you get the idea a bit samey
Published 29 days ago by pip
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