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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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I was hooked on Look Who's Back by the end of the third page. Adolf Hitler wakes up in modern-day Berlin and is surprised to discover that his last order, to raze the city to the ground, wasn't carried out. By his reckoning, Germany shouldn't exist at all and he's a little annoyed that it does, actually. The novel and I just 'clicked,' and I settled down this odd but engaging book in one sitting.

I especially enjoyed Hitler's assumptions about modern life. It's fascinating how he interprets simple things like the amount of people picking up their dog's waste and the prevalence of mobile phones. He decides that modern slang and language was implemented purposefully in order to allow the Turkish workers access to a simple language suitable for their lesser intellect.

The story never even tries to explain why he suddenly ended up in 2011, but that's alright. It's hardly the point of the story and I'd rather it didn't bother than came up with some half-arsed, silly reasoning. What's more interesting is Hitler's own rationale about why he's been sent forward in time, which is basically that the country has gone to the dogs and the time is right for him to step forward and save it from the incompetant female Chancellor, the European Union and, of course, the Jews.

It's not pro-Hitler or anti-Hitler - it's actually as objective as something like this could be. Occasionally I started to sympathise with his lonely, befuddled character but then he would demonstrate his true views and I'd feel revolted all over again. It doesn't make apologies for his decisions, policies or views but it does explore what might have been going through his head at the time.

It's written very, very well in a slightly formal tone (as one would expect from Hitler, I suppose) but it still remains accessible. I don't think the title fits with the tone of the book but that's most likely down to a poor translation. I do think that you'd need a certain amount of history knowledge, mostly relating to World War II, as words like lebensraum and the Treaty of Versaille are bandied about. I got by just fine with GCSE History but you'd need to know something to fully appreciate Look Who's Back.

The knowledge and detail that have gone into this book is astounding. Mr Vermes even knows how much the chandeliers in the Reich Chancellery weigh! This isn't some silly book and I'm surprised that the review quotes on the cover mention how funny it is, because I don't see it that way at all. It's obviously not meant to be taken that seriously, but it's not comical either.

In a way, it's actually kind of terrifying. I hope somebody pretending to be Adolph Hitler and spouting his views on national television wouldn't really amuse the nation to that extent. If somebody like him devolves into just a joke, then how would we recognise it if it happened again? Would the fictional audience in the novel still be laughing if they realised it really was Hitler? Probably not. Perhaps we don't take World War II as seriously as we should.

The basic point, or the one I took away, is that Hitler was elected once, by a rational, logical society. We look back at what a tyrant he was but at the time an unhappy body of people just voted for a strong man with strong views. He was a person, not a boogeyman. These are the things we need to remember in order to prevent it ever happening again. ( )
  generalkala | May 23, 2014 |
Sehr lustig, aber nicht ganz überzeugend durchgehalten ( )
  pepe68 | Apr 14, 2014 |
My God this looks interesting. Definite to read!
  LaurenKathryn | Mar 31, 2014 |
After a VERY slow start with this book I read the last 150 pages or so in no time. I found it difficult to read, at least until page 220 ​​or so.
Why? I don't exactly know. Perhaps a combination of not ( enough) knowledge of the (political) post-war history of Germany and the written rhetorical speeches of "Hitler . I regularly laughed at what he does not know, but also regularly shook my head because of the things that happen in this book.

As is mentioned on the back: after all the laughs it leaves behind a residual goosebumps. Also with me .

The end could not really charm me. For me personally, it was MUCH too open. I'd like to read something else. Maybe not that he dies, but either that it disappears as he came: totally unexpected, without prior notice. Or maybe the people awaken and say, ' Listen, as it went almost a hundred years ago, we'll see to it that it won't happen again!"Or ..... I do not know.
But let the type publish a book and let him have his own radio program .... Is there noone then, that thinks anymore, except for the old grandmother who talks with her granddaughter? ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Dec 2, 2013 |
So plump die Idee klingt, so großartig ist die Umsetzung (oder es ist mein schlichtes Gemüt, wer weiß). Ich hab es als Hörbuch gehört, und Christoph Maria Herbst' Hitler ist wirklich fabelhaft. Unglaublich fies, treffend, sehr lustig und dabei - wahres Kunststück - nie geschmacklos. Und so verdammt realistisch, dass sich mir die Haare sträuben bei dem Gedanken, dass Hitler tatsächlich eines Tages nach Kerosin stinkend potzmonter aus der Erde krabbelt. ( )
  Wolfseule | Oct 15, 2013 |
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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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