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Er ist wieder da: Der Roman by Timur Vermes

Er ist wieder da: Der Roman (original 2012; edition 2013)

by Timur Vermes

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Title:Er ist wieder da: Der Roman
Authors:Timur Vermes
Info:Eichborn Verlag (2013), Edition: 13, Gebundene Ausgabe, 400 pages
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Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes (2012)



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Certainly humorous in parts but somehow the joke wears thin very quickly, and what is the fundamental and very obvious point of this satire feels rushed at the end.
But most disturbing is the likeability of Hitler in this novel, coming over as a rather charming and ultimately benevolent elderly uncle who just happens to have some rather embarrassing slightly racist tendencies. Some may say that is the point but I’m not sure that even in these more modern and compassionate times of understanding and equality we should attempt to cast Hitler in a warm light, even in a “merciless satire”. ( )
  stevierbrown | Mar 22, 2016 |
"It was my task and mine alone to save the Volk", 19 Feb. 2016

This review is from: Look Who's Back (Paperback)
Imagine what would happen if Hitler suddenly woke up in a park in 2012 Berlin (how this happens is never clarified.) At first the humour is based on any time traveller having to get used to a whole different society:
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 ( )
1 vote starbox | Feb 19, 2016 |
Maybe he's not tanned, but Adolf Hitler is rested and ready to take over Germany again.

In 2011, Der Führer finds himself magically brought back to life in a field outside Berlin. The Germans he encounters are confused; they think that he's a comedic performance artist who never breaks character. The resurrected Hitler quickly becomes a pop-culture sensation, with his own TV show, website, and YouTube channel. His uses these media platforms to vent against foreigners, women and democracy (he reserves special contempt for Angela Merkel, whom he calls a "chunky woman with all the confidence and charisma of a weeping willow", p. 107), as well as, of course, "the Jews". After a while, despite the weight of history, many viewers find that Hitler 2.0's opinions don't seem so unreasonable after all.

Look Who's Back is a satire of our media-obsessed society, and at times it is a very funny one. The scenes in which 120-year old Hitler learns how to use a computer mouse and smartphone (his ringtone is "Flight of the Valkyries") are particularly clever. The Hitlerian narrative voice parodies Mein Kampf's turgid prose. The book gets a little tedious in parts, however, and by the end, I was quite ready for it to be over. It's not for everyone, but I do recommend it as an ironic look at modern times. ( )
1 vote akblanchard | Jan 12, 2016 |
Disappointing - a cracker of a premise but not very well executed. Got a little repetitive at times and the ending left little to be desired. ( )
1 vote SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
Disappointing - a cracker of a premise but not very well executed. Got a little repetitive at times and the ending left little to be desired. ( )
1 vote SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
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Andersson, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulloch, JamieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slobodan DamnjanovićTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiebel, JohannesCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 the 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.… (more)

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