May 31, 2020
Look Who's Back
Posted by Timur Vermes Jamie Bulloch

Summer 2011 Berlin Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of 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, though as a brilliant, satirical impersonator who refuses to break character The unthinkable, the inevitableSummer 2011 Berlin Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of 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, though as a brilliant, satirical impersonator who refuses to break character The unthinkable, the inevitable, happens, and the ranting Hitler takes off, goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own TV show, becomes someone who people listen to All while he s still trying to convince people that yes, it really is him, and yes, he really means it.Look Who s Back is a black and brilliant satire of modern media bloated society, seen through the eyes of the F hrer himself Adolf is by turns repellent, sympathetic and hilarious, but always fascinating Look Who s Back is outrageously clever, outrageously funny and outrageously plausible.

  • Title: Look Who's Back
  • Author: Timur Vermes Jamie Bulloch
  • ISBN: 9781623653330
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Look Who s Back Summer Berlin Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of ground alive and well Things have changed no Eva Braun no Nazi party no war Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland filled with immig


    Although I read this book in German, there are already lots of German reviews and it may get published in translation, so I'll review auf Englisch. The title translates as "He's Back" and it's about Hitler, who mysteriously reappears in Berlin in 2011 and becomes a TV star. His audience apparently believes him to be some kind of method actor or nth-degree Stephen Colbert character, and is alternately discomfited by his unironic profession of Nazi ideals and interested in his updated ideas, for e [...]


    I read an excerpt of this book and I talked at length with someone who has read half of it before tossing it with disgust.This book may read "funny", but to make a somewhat likable comic figure of the most cruel mass murderer the 20th century has seen is not only tasteless but dangerous.Shame on anyone who writes a positive review on this book. Shame on anyone who buys this book or asks for this book at the library. Shame on anyone who supports the author and the publisher of this book with a si [...]

    howl of minerva

    Do the Germans have the right to find Hitler funny? That's the (mistaken) question which seems to drive much of the controversy over this wildly popular novel in which Adolf Hitler, by mechanisms which are wisely left unexplained, returns from the dead and finds himself whole and well in modern day Germany. What does he make of the world and what does he do with himself?He does what he does best: rapidly grasps a socio-political situation and delivers impassioned rants that lead to immediate sta [...]

    Nandakishore Varma

    I have finally managed to read this controversial book, and now I understand why it has become so controversial. This is cutting satire which pulls no punches, in the tradition of Jonathan Swift - many a time you will flinch while reading it. This is the way I believe that satire should work: while making one laugh, it should also make one uncomfortable, and make one question the very basis of one's fondly held beliefs. It did this for me. I laughed out loud in very few places - but all the whil [...]


    Most people have praised this witty satire, though a few elderly Germans and Holocaust survivors seem, for some unaccountable reason, to find it offensive. I do not properly understand their objections, and have decided to follow the majority opinion. My own contribution to this new and exciting genre is a screenplay based on the life of the late Jimmy Savile, the celebrated English entertainer and serial pedophile. Although in form a lighthearted sex comedy, the work, needless to say, in no way [...]


    Katy Noyes

    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 [...]

    Mark Hebwood

    Running into ideasFor the last few days I've been reading Timur's book, and yesterday I finished it. That is usually the time when I force my opinion on the world - it was time to leave a review on .As I was walking home after work, I thought about my upcoming review. What to say about this? What did I think? I wasn't sure. Actually, I had trouble deciding what this book was aboutDid it leave me with any lasting impressions? Not really. Any deeper insights? No. Anything lighter maybe? Yes maybe. [...]


    Update, 24th July 2014I think I can now safely assume that it's a generational thing. There's been a rather heated argument with an older female reviewer of this book, and I figured I'd ask my grandparents about their opinions on the book. My grandmother was born in 1937 in northern Germany, my grandfather 1933, equally in nothern Germany. As my grandpa was at that point old enough, he had had to join the Deutsche Jugend(German Youth - the group you entered before you entered the Hitler-Jugend). [...]

    Ms. Smartarse

    This book has been translated into English, as Look Who's Back.What would happen if Hitler woke up in present day Germany? How would he deal with the large number of foreign immigrants living in contemporary Germany, not to mention its political agenda?If you're one to scoff at such a scenario, rest assured that the characters of this book did so as well with the exception of Hitler himself, of course. So, our most-hated-dictator ends up becoming a famous comedian. Let's face it: he couldn't REA [...]


    Wahnsinn, ein grenzgeniales Buch, das dem Autor Timur Vermes hier gelungen ist. Adolf Hitler erwacht im Jahr 2011, versucht sich mit unserer Welt anzufreunden bzw. durchzuschlagen und das auch noch mit Erfolg: Er wird sofort entdeckt und Medienstar. In dieser Konstellation buhlt die Satire nicht mit einer Schenkelklopf- Mentalität um billige Lacher, was sehr einfach wäre. Im Gegenteil Herr Hitler analysiert zusätzlich zur Assimilationskomik brilliant wie ein ethnologischer Feldforscher unsere [...]

    Jr Bacdayan

    ADOLF MEETS DONALD: A LAUGH UNTOLD**Cue in 3, 2, 1**Gagmez: Ladies and Gentlemen tonight we have a special guest. Tonight our beloved Fuhrer will have a special one on one interview with a formidable opponent. Has he finally met his match? Well, stay tuned and hold on tight to your seats if you want to find out, because tonight we have something really exceptional for you. Tonight we are graced by the presence of the man himself, the frontrunner and Republican Presidential Nominee Mr. Donald J. [...]


    "It is in times of crisis that the true Führer is revealed. When he shows his nerve, persistence, and sheer determination." ― Timur Vermes, Look Who's Back"And of course without an established ideology, in the modern entertainment industry one hasn't got a chance, nor even a raison d'être. The rest is taken care of by history -- or the TV ratings."― Timur Vermes, Look Who's Back"The rest is silence. Left like sperm. In a stranger's gut, waiting its term, Each thought, each step lies; the r [...]

    Joana Marta

    The first thing was the hair I looked at the cover so white and I was like 'I know that hair from somewhere'. Then I approached the book and I was like: OH THAT'S ORIGINAL!!! After, it was the fact the title is making his mustache that made me laugh in the place I was. I couldn't avoid, it was too hilarious!!!This book is really good honestly, I doubt a second before if I should buy it or not.I was afraid this was one of those books with lame jokes about famous characters and so on, but hey it w [...]


    I love books that push boundaries. The darker the taboo, the better. And I just happened to be searching for a new book to read and then I saw this - perfect.It has to be one of the funniest, cleverest books I've ever read. I love satire, and this works brilliantly. I can understand why some people might find it offensive (although it really isn't), but I felt part of the point of the book was to show just how stupid a character Hitler was, and how abhorrent his ideas and 'policies' were. Also, [...]


    Well if I could I would give it 3.5 stars, but in my opinion it is not a "4" so 3 stars it is. I quite enjoyed it, in fact my enjoyment level fluctuated quite a lot. I liked the first third of the book then got a bit fed up after that as it got a bit repetitive. That is until the last third when I felt it picked up again, and finally it just ended so quickly, leaving me feeling bit like "and". So thats why its only 3 stars.As you can see it's taken me 2 months to read, and whilst that is not all [...]


    Andreas Schwartmann

    Ich gebe dem Buch nur 3 Sterne. Warum? Die Idee an sich ist interessant und amüsant. Gesellschaftskritik aus der Sicht des im 21. Jahrhundert angekommenen Diktators. Was mich stört, ist die Verharmlosung Hitlers, die damit einher geht. Bei diesem Menschen handelte es sich schließlich nicht um einen aus der Zeit gefallenen, onkelhaften Besserwisser, als der er in dem Buch oft dargestellt wird, sondern um einen psychopathischen, machtbesessenen Egomanen. Davon scheint in Vermes Erzählung nicht [...]

    Scarlet Cameo

    Sátira: Discurso o composición literaria en prosa o verso en que se critican agudamente las costumbres o vicios de alguien con intención moralizadora, lúdica o meramente burlesca.No veo el sentido burlesco a la historia y mucho menos el moralizador ¿Será que yo no entiendo lo que el autor deseaba crear o que a él le falto tacto para lograrlo? El detalle es que los discursos no caen en ninguno de estos aspectos, más que causar risa nos llevan a recordar situaciones actuales inspiradas en [...]

    Sam Quixote

    Adolf Hitler awakens in 21st century Berlin, his last memories being in the Fuhrerbunker 70 years earlier before the Allies broke through. Though understandably perplexed by his situation, Hitler quickly adapts and is mistaken as a Hitler impersonator, the most dedicated method actor who never breaks character. He’s put on TV where he becomes a hit politically-incorrect “comic”. Hitler once more begins his rise to power in Germany… Before picking it up, about the only thing I knew about [...]

    Liz Janet

    True satire should make you uncomfortable with the raw truth it presents, much like Swift's A Modest Proposal, laughter should not be the only feeling while reading, the disgust must be there as well. This novel allows for it, showing how a man like Hitler, would not be as scrutinized for his ideals today as he was right after the Second World War, he becomes a representation of oppressive movements right now that are not being seen as a threat, even though they are. In this novel Hitler gets tr [...]


    An intelligent, interesting and thought-provoking bookHitler wakes up in 2011, having inexplicably time travelled from the 1940s. He has no recollection of the end of the war and is incredibly confused by modern Berlin. He is recognised instantly by those he crosses but nobody takes him seriously taking him for an actor or performance artist.The humour derives from Hitler’s reactions to what he sees around him, his self-belief that it remains his destiny to lead Germany, and the reactions of t [...]


    پیشوا بدون ملت خود هیچ نیست. البته پیشوا بدون ملت خود چیزی هست، ولی بعد کسی نمی‌بیند که او کیست. درست مثل این می‌ماند که موتسارت را در جایی بنشانند و به او پیانو ندهند.#او_بازگشته_است، هیتلر در 122سالگی خود را در سال2011 میبیند. کسی او را جدی نمیگیرد و مضحکه خاص و عام میشود. ولی رفته [...]


    The film version was slightly funny but mostly, shocking. And ultimately, that was the point of the film: "Can it happen again ?"0 Yes0 No0 Don't know


    2.5/5 starsI am so bummed that I'm not giving this a higher rating. When I first picked up this book, I was so excited to read it because the premise was so captivating. Yes, the premise was very intriguing, but the execution of the book just wasn't to my liking. I found it so hard to read this book and I was constantly putting it down. I was promised a funny book, but at times it felt like a history overload (not in a good way) rather than a political satire. I admit, I found many parts of the [...]


    Wenn Adolf Hitler in Er ist wieder da von Timur Vermes im Jahr 2011 wieder aufwacht, dann ist das zunächst nicht sonderlich originell. Es erinnert an Herbert Rosendorfers Briefe in die chinesische Vergangenheit, erzeugt Bilder von bekannten TV-Formaten, in denen ein als Führer verkleideter Schauspieler durch die Stadt hopst und seine Sendung darauf aufbaut, dass die Menschen schockiert sind.Doch dieses Buch ist anders. Klar, auch dieses Buch geizt (vor Allem anfangs) nicht damit den Protagonis [...]

    Rebecca Foster

    What if Hitler didn’t die in 1945 but, Rip Van Winkle-like, lay dormant until 2011 and emerged in near-contemporary Berlin? Such is the simple premise behind Vermes’s playful bestseller, which began as a succès de scandale in his native Germany and has spread worldwide. Heretofore, Christopher Goodwin writes in the London Times, “Germans have been terrified that humanizing Hitler in any way might lead to a resurgence of Nazism.”Vermes’s Hitler seems something of a hapless buffoon. She [...]


    bbc/programmes/b06f54rqDescription: The next stop on Radio 4's literary journey across Europe is Timur Vermes' transgressive novel which topped the bestseller list in its native Germany.Look Who's Back shocked and then thrilled over 1.5 million German readers with its bold approach to the most taboo of subjects - Adolf Hitler. David Threlfall stars as the infamous Nazi leader in this provocative satire.Part 1: When Adolf Hitler wakes up in modern day Germany he is not pleased. The war is lost. T [...]


    Schwarz, schwärzer, am schwärzesten. So empfinde ich den Humor dieses Buches, einen Bestseller und erneuten Hype in in Deutschland, ein Werk, welches man angeblich unbedingt lesen soll. Die Idee klingt… seltsam, unwirklich, bescheuert, sobald man das erste Mal davon hört. Doch sobald man darüber nachdenkt, weckt sie ein gewisses Interesse, möchte erfahren, wie der Autor das Ganze umgesetzt hat. Warum genau soll dieses Buch so witzig sein? So fand das Buch den Weg in mein Regal. Nun, die a [...]

    Wiebke (1book1review)

    Okay listening to the abridged version read by Christoph Maria Herbst seems to have been the best decision I made. I don't think I could've stayed any longer in Hitler's head.First of all I was surprised how spot on the writing was at times, how the author uses Hitler's voice to criticize and comment on today's society, be it cultural or political. The reader frequently finds themselves agreeing with things that are said, which in my case was always immediately followed by an awkward and uncomfo [...]

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