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    • ISBN:9781782067825
    • Publication date:27 Mar 2014

Look Who's Back

By Timur Vermes

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Hitler returns to life in modern Berlin and becomes a media sensation.

The smash-hit satirical bestseller, more than 3 million copies sold worldwide

Film a box-office hit in Germany, 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 Führer 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.

Biographical Notes

The son of a German mother and a Hungarian father who fled the country in 1956, Timur Vermes was born in Nuremberg in 1967. He studied history and politics and went on to become a journalist. He has written for the Abendzeitung and the Cologne Express and worked for various magazines. He has ghostwritten several books since 2007. This is his first novel.

Jamie Bulloch's translations include Ruth Maier's Diary, Portrait of a Mother as a Young Women by F. C. Delius, and novels by Paulus Hochgatterer and Daniel Glattauer.

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  • ISBN: 9781782067832
  • Publication date: 05 Mar 2015
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: MacLehose Press
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. — Daily Express
'Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny' Rebecca Morrison, Independent. — 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. — Independent
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