Look Who's Back

Look Who's Back

Book - 2014
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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 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 Fuhrer himself. Adolf is by turns repellent, sympathetic and hilarious, but always fascinating. Look Who's Back is outrageously clever, outrageously funny - and outrageously plausible.
Publisher: London :, MacLehose Press,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780857052933
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bulloch, Jamie - Translator
Alternative Title: Look who is back


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Jun 30, 2018

Very, very funny - Hitler treats himself with profound seriousness, and joke comes out on us in a contemporary period. We follow fads online, and give weight to outrageous opinions, and Vermes shows us how easily we can laugh our way with an "entertainer" or pundit all the way into serious trouble. We as the reader can laugh out loud at Hitler's reactions to 21st-century culture (People actually take the time to pick up droppings after a pet dog? They watch something called U-Tube?), but also can laugh at our own way of unthinkingly following fads of popular thought. Nothing changes, perhaps...

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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Apr 28, 2018

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