Look Who's Back Hardcover – Import, 5 May 2015
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"We're startled into a genuine laugh . . . Vermes plays all of this straight, or at least deadpan. He is not a historian, but his presentation of the minutiae of Hitler's life amounts to an impressive feat of historical research . . . the ventriloquism here is impressive . . . The most striking and provocative feature of the narrative, in fact, is not the decision to resurrect Hitler but the choice to use him as a first-person narrator - to risk telling us more about Hitler than could be known, in Forster's phrase.―Daniel Torday, The New York Times
"Look Who's Back is Hitler satire at its best . . . while there has been much debate over whether or why it's appropriate to laugh at Vermes's relentless Hitler satire, this well-researched and uproariously cringe-worthy book makes it hard not to . . . It is ultimately a sort of commentary on Hitler's first ascent to power-on the point at which a charismatic man starts being taken seriously, and what that transition entails . . . laugh-out-loud funny."―Kira Bindrim, Newsweek
"A hilarious, yet poignant look at today's world through the eyes of one of its most horrific villains . . . the political and social satires translate will through the language barrier as the translator, Jamie Bulloch, did a fantastic job in the writing."―Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Look Who's Back offers searing cultural and political commentary in the guise of a wildly entertaining story."―Paste Magazine
"[A] wickedly satiric first novel . . . Hitler is, of course, deadly serious, and the dissonance between his earnest bigotry and the vacuousness of our media-soaked age is the comic grist that propels the novel toward its truly ironic conclusion. While German journalist Vermes has a good deal to say about the state of contemporary Germany, his reach here is more universal, as he's crafted a sardonic send-up of a media and a world where the message doesn't matter so long as your ratings are high and your videos go viral on YouTube."―Library Journal
"Thrillingly transgressive."―The Guardian
"The joke is not on the reanimated Fuhrer, spouting predictably on immigrant and Jews, but on the ironic flippancy of the YouTube generation . . . rollickingly enjoyable."―Angel Gurria-Quintana, The Financial Times
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the influx of immigrants: "during my stroll I had noticed the occasional passer-by whose Aryan ancestry was questionable, to put it mildly... it was still a mystery what these racial aliens were doing here."
when offered an instant coffee "the British must still be blockading the seas...the brave, stoic German Volk had been forced to make do with substitutes for so long."
The shock of a woman president, poorly-behaved young people who don't measure up to the Hitler Youth, even the computer...
But Hitler is soon discovered and offered a place on a TV show, as an alternative comedian, impersonating the dictator....
While many will find any novel on Hitler tasteless, I have to say I found the premise interesting. At a time when there are divisions in the European community, when unchecked immigration has led to anger and the growth of far-right parties, what actually WOULD happen if Hitler turned up again now? Would some people have time for him?
This is an excellent translation: much of the conversation is in typical 'young person's slang' as Hitler mixes with people in the media, and translator Jamie Bulloch does a convincing job of modern anglicisms: "LOL", that's like so cool" etc.
Interesting read - probably a *3.5
Timur Vermes hits a creativity jackpot with 'Look Who's Back'. Definitely 'a merciless satire', the book also serves greatly as a parallel history. Yes, we know that the murder of 6 million innocent people cannot be pardoned (after all, 'The Jews are no laughing matter'), nor can the Holocaust, the death camps, the ethnic cleansing, the annexation of Baltic and Scandinavian nations and their subsequent oppression be justified. However, the post-war ideological concept of 'free democracy' has not made civilizations a lot happier. In the name of democracy, socialism and welfare, entire governments across the globe have slacked and resorted to corruption, lethargy and have become unsympathetic to the problems of the common man. Adolf surely wants to change that, and there is nothing wrong with it.
'Look Who's Back' also draws a comparision between pre-war and present day Germany, and the picture is not even close to satisfactory. What cannot be denied is Adolf Hitler was a decisive leader who always had the well-being of the German Volk in mind. Timur Vermes shows us what it would be like to have a Fuhrer who was above racial discrimination and hatred and was actually striving to do the greater good. People across the globe are now looking for leaders who can take tough decisions that will benefit the common man, rather than politicians who resort to the appeasement of a select few. Vermes's version of Adolf Hitler seems to be doing just that.
What I found most interesting is that the free media could be used to achieve widespread acceptance of tough decisions. Adolf Hitler gets tagged as a 'Looney YouTube Hitler' but gradually people do find it easy to connect to him rather than look up to politicians holing up in their luxury suites. People accept a leader who is willing to take a hit for the Volk rather than seek political mileage.
A special mention of the book cover is mandatory, the design is simple genius.
'Look Who's Back' is funny in scattered parts, most of the humour seems to be lost in the English translation. However, the book has a very unique soul. And by the last page, one will hesitatingly agree that 'It was not all bad' .
I have read this book with mixed feelings.
It is bizarre, maybe. But there were moments that this book made me laugh loud.
The book managed to shine a light on the more ridiculous aspects of modern life and in particular the media and the deification of celebrity.
Despite the strange subject matter, Timur manages to make Hitler seem almost likeable.
Excellent satire and very thought provoking.
I felt perhaps the book would have been more better off if it was shorter, At times i felt that it was being written for a TV show.
Perhaps the humor did no translate well but I did not think the book was "laugh-out-aloud" as was claimed in the blurb. Definitely a few chuckles here and there but nothing more.
So overall interesting but nothing great.
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