Look Who's Back

ISBN9780857052933
PublisherMacLehose Press
Published4/3/2014
Pages352
AuthorTimur Vermes
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.32 Kg.
Height8.5 in.
Width5.8 in.
Depth1.1 in.

Look Who's Back

Timur Vermes

PAPERBACK

4/3/2014

"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. 
 
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.

Look Who's Back

Timur Vermes

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ISBN9780857052933
PublisherMacLehose Press
Published4/3/2014
Pages352
AuthorTimur Vermes
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.32 Kg.
Height8.5 in.
Width5.8 in.
Depth1.1 in.

Synopsis

"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. 
 
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.

Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Vermes has created an ingenious comedy of errors in which the jokes are either on Hitler's misapprehensions about the modern world or the modern world's refusal to take him at face value . . . Read this book."

– 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.."

– Newsday

"Look Who's Back offers searing cultural and political commentary in the guise of a wildly entertaining story."

– Paste Magazine