Look Who's Back

Look Who's Back

Book rating: 05 Paperback MacLehose Press

By (author) Timur Vermes, Translated by Jamie Bulloch

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  • Publisher: MacLehose Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 32mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 17 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857052934
  • ISBN 13: 9780857052933
  • Sales rank: 5,163

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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 Fuhrer 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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Author information

The son of a German mother and a Hungarian father who fled the country in 1956, Timur Vermes was born in Nuremberg in 1967. He studied history and politics and went on to become a journalist. He has written for the Abendzeitung and the Cologne Express and worked for various magazines. He has ghostwritten several books since 2007. This is his first novel. Jamie Bulloch's translations include Ruth Maier's Diary, Portrait of a Mother as a Young Women by F. C. Delius, and novels by Paulus Hochgatterer and Daniel Glattauer.

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By Valerie Brakensiek 24 May 2014 5

This is a very clever book. It is a long time since I read a book that made me laugh out loud in places. I think it is a good reflection on today's world. It wasn't until the day after I finished reading it that I realised what its ultimate end was! Brilliant!

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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 'A darkly entertaining satire' Sunday Times. Sunday Times 'An uproarious, disturbing book that will resonate long after you turn the final page' Daily Express. Daily Express 'Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny ... quite brilliantly translated by Jamie Bulloch ... good, edgy comedy that provides food for thought alongside the belly laughs' Rebecca Morrison, Independent. Rebecca Morrison, Independent 'Both funny and frightening, this is a subtle, historical study of the commanding nature of a fanatical demagogue, as well as a savage critique of contemporary western culture ... a powerful and important book' Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday. Independent on Sunday 'Packed with wry, close-to-the-knuckle hilarity, and builds to a gloriously ironic conclusion' Mail on Sunday. Mail on Sunday 'The deadpan portrayal of modern Europe through the eyes of the dictator is hilarious, but not without a sinister edge' The Lady. Lady 'This uproariously funny satire will have you in stitches' Shortlist. Shortlist 'Wonderfully inventive, very funny and superbly written' We Love This Book. We Love This Book