Look Who's Back

Look Who's Back

Book - 2015
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"What would happen if Adolf Hitler woke up in modern-day Berlin? In a bestselling satirical novel, he'd end up a TV comedy star . . . [ Look Who's Back ] has unsurprisingly sparked debate in a country that has grappled for decades with Hitler's unconscionable legacy." - Time
Timur Vermes' record-breaking bestseller, Look Who's Back , is a satirical novel that imagines what would happen if Hilter reawakened in present-day Germany. The book was a massive success in Germany, selling more than 1.5 million copies. Janet Maslin of The New York Times called Look Who's Back "desperately funny . . . an ingenious comedy of errors."
In the novel, Adolf Hitler wakes up in 2011 from a 66-year sleep in his subterranean Berlin bunker to find the Germany he knew entirely changed: Internet-driven media spreads ideas in minutes and fumes celebrity obsession; immigration has produced multicultural neighborhoods bringing together people of varying race, ethnicity, and religion; and the most powerful person in government is a woman. Hitler is immediately recognized . . . as an impersonator of uncommon skill. The public assumes the fulminating leader of the Nazi party is a performer who is always in character, and soon his inevitable viral appeal begets YouTube stardom, begets television celebrity on a Turkish-born comedian's show. His bigoted rants are mistaken for a theatrical satire-exposing prejudice and misrepresentation-and his media success emboldens Hitler to start his own political party, and set the country he finds a shambles back to rights.
With daring and dark humor, Look Who's Back skewers the absurdity and depravity of the cult of personality in modern media culture.
Publisher: New York :, MacLehose Press/Quercus,, 2015
ISBN: 9781623653330
Branch Call Number: FIC VER
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Look who is back


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I was first hooked by the graphic cover of this novel, and then by the outrageous story; Adolf Hitler wakes up to find himself in 21st century Berlin, with no knowledge of anything that’s happened since 1945. A TV appearance and viral YouTube videos propel him to celebrity status. This darkly comedic, satirical novel is funny, disturbing and thought-provoking.

Nov 22, 2016

Very witty. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. There isn't any glorification of Hitler. It's a bit like Chaplin's ridiculing him in the dictator.

athompson10 Apr 24, 2016

Biting satire of our current media age and political stage. With a few name and places changes, this could apply equally to the state of US politics (hello Mr. Trump) as to modern-day Europe. Many of the references to German political figures of the past 40 years went over my head, but the WWII historical references and modern-day political and broadcast/publishing critiques are very sharp and accurate.

May 04, 2015

This is a work of really poor taste - - the atrocities which should be forever repeated do not allow this as a subject of comedy or satire. I'd rather not go into the nightmarish crimes and inhuman ends visited upon many, but that would be a more fitting subject!

Apr 24, 2015

In this clever, witty but ultimately sobering book, the impossible happens: Adolf Hitler comes back to life in Berlin in 2011. Of course, no-one believes it is the Fuehrer himself but rather an exceptionally good Hitler impersonator. While Hitler is initially bewildered by the modern world he quickly sees the propaganda potential on the new technology. Before long he has a spot on a TV show, a website and YouTube clips of his performances. And, just as in the 1940s, he proves incredibly popular. The public, media, politicians and publishers can’t get enough of him. So, where will it all end? This book really makes you think. Highly recommended (but read the translator’s chapter at the back first to get some background on Germany’s historical figures, political parties and TV shows).

Dec 21, 2014

Interesting, clever satire, however I feel I missed some of the jokes that may only be apparent to German speakers or someone more familiar with contemporary German culture.

May 12, 2014

A very thought-provoking book which I read twice as I felt I missed a lot of the satire first time round.
I feel the first three lines of the translators notes describes the world today [especially New Zealand-broadly speaking!] very accurately;''....a media bloated world in which celebrity[sic] is worshipped above all else.

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