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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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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 |
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 |
4.5 out of 5. The book, in its final third, does threaten to collapse under the weight of the satire - after all, this exercise can only go so far, right? But Vermes notices this and wraps things up, not letting that lull last too long. Plus, it's not the lull that you'll be thinking about when you finish the book but rather the simultaneous sensations of delight at a good humorous read and the chill down your spine of something hitting a little too close to home. Page for page, the book delivers giggles like people interacting with Hitler on the street or Hitler on the computer... but Vermes never takes his eye off the prize, the prize being a stark assessment of just how gullible we (humanity) are. Just how primed we could be for a charismatic leader whose policies - most of them anyway - sound pretty darn good. All it takes is to fall under that spell... and once you realized what had happened, it would probably be too late.
Vermes knows, humor aside, is that it could happen today. Just because he makes you laugh first doesn't mean he takes it any less seriously.

More at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-19t ( )
1 vote drewsof | Sep 30, 2015 |
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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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