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Timur Vermes

Author of Look Who's Back

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Legal name
Vermes, Timur
Birthdate
1967
Gender
male
Nationality
Germany
Birthplace
Nuremberg, Germany
Places of residence
Nuremberg, Germany
Education
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Occupations
Journalist

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I'm in two minds about this book. It's a clever idea, imagining that Hitler returns to modern-day Germany, and against the odds, becomes a YouTube sensation. His ideas are just the same as they ever were, but somehow, and disquietingly, we can agree with some of them - his dislike of globalisation, for instance.

However, I unsurprisingly found the modern-day Hitler a less than sympathetic character, and I was never eager to pick up the book again to read on. The ending however, was unsettling because .... oh no, I mustn't be guilty of a spoiler alert.… (more)
 
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Margaret09 | 83 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
This book started off well and was funny but got a bit bogged down later on. For the most part it did come across as satire but by the end I was a bit uncomfortable with the sympathetic rendering of Hitler.
 
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secondhandrose | 83 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |
Is it morally acceptable to feature Hitler as the rather likeable protagonist of a comic novel? Is it in good taste to turn a mass murderer into a figure of fun? These questions naturally come to mind when faced with Timur Vermes's first novel. The premise is simple - Hitler inexplicably wakes up in modern day Berlin and, mistaken for an uncannily brilliant method actor, lands a programme on national tv. Much of the resulting humour is, predictably, based on the reverse anachronisms raised by the Rip-van-Winkle situation. Hitler is astounded by the technological advances such as the "mouse device", the "internetwork" and the "Vikipedia", which he believes is named after the "intrepid explorer Teutons of old". He is flummoxed by the sight of "madwomen" walking their dogs and cleaning up after them,cannot understand why his goth scretary does not wear wholesome, colourful clothing and is impressed that Herr Starbuck has apparently taken over all the coffee houses in Berlin.

Vermes makes the most out of these scenes, but he is most incisive when he uses his character to satirize modern-day society, politics and media. On the whole, an entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking read. What is pleasantly surprising is that although the humour is probably quite culture and language-specific, the English translation is zesty, flowing and idiomatic. Kudos to Jamie Bulloch for this.
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JosephCamilleri | 83 other reviews | Feb 21, 2023 |
Hoping for a hilarious journey akin to a Mel Brooks film, this library staff pick was disappointing. In concept the idea has merit but the author's sense of humor is subdued. It's slow moving and lackluster as well. Enough said.
 
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Jonathan5 | 83 other reviews | Feb 20, 2023 |

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Peter Noble Narrator

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