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Look Who's Back by [Vermes, Timur]
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Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny - Rebecca K Morrison, Independent

Worryingly believable (time travelling despots aside) and unsettling. But also very funny - Nathan Filer

A brilliant book - Russell Kane

Brilliant and hilarious - Ken Follett

Laugh-out-loud funny . . . An uproarious, disturbing book that will resonate long after you turn the final page - Caroline Jowett, Daily Express

Both funny and frightening . . . A powerful and important book - Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday

Peculiar, provocative and very funny . . . It makes you laugh and forces you to think - Darragh McManus,Irish Independent

Wonderfully inventive, very funny and superbly written - We Love This Book

The Hitler of Look Who's Back has aged not a whit: his fascist views are intact, and he is as foul-tempered and misanthropic as ever - Christopher Goodwin, Sunday Times

There's no question that the novel has hit upon the key paradox of our modern obsession with Hitler - Philip Olterman, Observer

The jokes are very funny . . . rollicking, enjoyable - Sam Leith, Financial Times

A satire on the cult of personality . . . nicely played - Monocle

This uproariously funny satire will have you in stitches - Shortlist

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

'Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny' Rebecca Morrison, Independent. - Rebecca Morrison, Independent

'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. - Independent

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Hitler returns to life in modern Berlin and becomes a media sensation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELIF0Z2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 373 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Although I know a few Jewish people who might vehemently disagree with me, I think this an important book.

In the spectrum of good and evil, iconic figures like Adolf Hitler tend to be pushed to the very extremes of our understanding, where they become dehumanised and rendered somewhat unreal; they become cartoonish super-villains that we can no longer take seriously.

We find their behaviour so abhorrent that they cease to be real, existing only on the fringes of our peripheral belief, like some antichrist concocted by do-gooders to keep the hoi polloi in line. This is a dangerous position.

Hitler wasn't inherently evil. To say this is to pretend that human nature is not capable of the despicable things he did, and that some sort of supernatural demonic intervention is required to create such a beast, which is simply untrue. He was an extremely charismatic, misguided man with an extreme vision of the future and the wherewithal to bring it - very nearly - to reality. He was very much human, doing what he believed was right, and there are doubtless many more like him out there, waiting for the perfect storm of circumstance that will add fuel to their fire.

Unless we confront who Hitler was, and how his radical ideas gained traction in Germany, the realities of what he achieved will eventually sink into folklore. His atrocities will feel no more real to our grandchildren's children than the great flood or Noah's Ark.

The trouble is, the more you amplify the horror in retelling the story, the farther you carry it from our reality and the less believable it gets. To truly dissect and understand the beast, you need to bring it closer to something you know and understand.
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I cant think when I've enjoyed a popular paper back quite as much as I have this book and therefore I heartily recommend it.

There are some of the staples of time travel science fiction here, the protagonist, in this case Hitler with his unique perspective, encounters all the modern or interim innovations and developments responding to them as someone of his own earlier and different age. Its humorous, and that's the main point often in science fiction time travel fiction, but it also gives you occasion to think about the mundane or ordinary that is presented in this way. This was one of the great things about Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

Vermes starts out simple enough, Hitler has been transposed from his more immediate setting in the middle of the war, the dress and behaviour of young people who meet him bewilders him as a consequence, their dress and skateboards but slowly, and I think the pace is excellent, one mod con after another is introduced, ring tones, mobile phones, "the mouse", the internetwork, wikipedia.

The political aspect of the humour and satire is done well too, for instance Hitler's thinking about the turks from his being taken in by a turkish news stand operator through his rise to youtube and television personality, to his meeting with modern day "nationalists", ie nazis and their response to him. This was something which had been done already to a certain extent by satirical political humourists like the team behind Iron Sky which had "moon nazis" visiting earth and beating up present day represenatives of thuggish fascism.
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