In the superbly inventive and wildly funny Look Who’s Back, the resurrected Führer wakes up in 2011 and takes a dim view of the new lay of the land. So begins the hilarious, frightening and brilliantly shrewd tale of Hitler’s return to the limelight. Tackling the greatest taboo of his homeland, Timur Vermes has produced an indisputable satirical masterpiece with a powerful message.
A box-office-hit film now available on Netflix.
A two-part BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation directed by and starring David Threlfall (Shameless).
Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open 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, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Fuhrer has another programme with even greater ambition - to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights.
Look Who's Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.
Translated from German by Jamie Bulloch
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 142 x 25 mm
'Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny' - Rebecca K Morrison, Independent
'Worryingly believable (time travelling despots aside) and unsettling. But also very funny' - Nathan Filer
'A brilliant book' - Russell Kane
'Brilliant and hilarious' - Ken Follett
'Laugh-out-loud funny . . . An uproarious, disturbing book that will resonate long after you turn the final page' - Caroline Jowett, Daily Express
'Both funny and frightening . . . A powerful and important book' - Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday
'Peculiar, provocative and very funny . . . It makes you laugh and forces you to think' - Darragh McManus, Irish Independent
'Wonderfully inventive, very funny and superbly written' - We Love This Book
'The Hitler of Look Who's Back has aged not a whit: his fascist views are intact, and he is as foul-tempered and misanthropic as ever' - Christopher Goodwin, Sunday Times
'There's no question that the novel has hit upon the key paradox of our modern obsession with Hitler' - Philip Olterman, Observer
'The jokes are very funny . . . rollicking, enjoyable' - Sam Leith, Financial Times
'A satire on the cult of personality . . . nicely played' - Monocle
'This uproariously funny satire will have you in stitches * Shortlist *
'An uproarious, disturbing book that will resonate long after you turn the final page' - Caroline Jowett, Daily Express
'Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny' - Rebecca Morrison, Independent
'Both funny and frightening, this is a subtle, historical study of the commanding nature of the fanatical demagogue, as well as a savage critique of contemporary western culture. It is a powerful and important book' - Sue Gaisford, Independent
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