Look Who's Back (Paperback)

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By Timur Vermes, Jamie Bulloch (Translator)
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In one moment, it is 1945, and Adolf Hitler is hidden in his bunker as the Allies come sweeping through Nazi Germany. In the next moment, it is the year 2011, and Hitler finds himself stranded in this strange time with no idea how he got there. All he knows is that he must begin again, he must once again rise into power. But how can he achieve this in a world where he has become so infamous, that people think he is just a dedicated actor with a twisted sense of humor? This hysterical satire is a brilliant social commentary for many reasons; to read the inner monologues and thinking of this character and watch as he uses modern technology and social constructs to push his master plan really does give an interesting outlook on how fragile our systems can be. An exceptionally interesting read.

- Recommended by Marissa

— From November Staff Picks for Bibliophiles


"Desperately funny . . . An ingenious comedy of errors." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Satire at its best." --Newsweek
"Thrillingly transgressive." --The Guardian

In this record-breaking bestseller, Timur Vermes imagines what would happen if Adolf Hilter reawakened in present-day Germany: YouTube stardom.
Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. It's the summer of 2011 and things have changed--no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognizes his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman.
People certainly recognize him--as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own TV show, and people begin to listen. But the Fuhrer has another program with even greater ambition in mind--to set the country he finds in shambles back to rights.
With daring humor, Look Who's Back is a perceptive study of the cult of personality and of how individuals rise to fame and power in spite of what they preach.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681449524
ISBN-10: 1681449528
Publisher: Maclehose Press Quercus
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English