Friday, 16 May 2014

{Book} Look who's back by Timur Vermes

via The Canberratimes

The first time I have seen this book was on Youtube. Since then it followed me. Every time I was going in to a book shop I saw it and I always had that feeling that I have to read it. But I didn't until now. I saw it in our school library and I had to read it. I read the original version of the book, which is written in German, but there's a English version too.
 
About the book
Look who's back is a bestselling German satirical novel about Adolf Hitler, by Timur Vermes, published in 2012 by Eichborn Verlag. There are plans to translate the book into twenty-eight languages. An English-language translation translated by Jamie Bulloch, was published in April 2014 by MacLehose Press. (Via Wikipedia)

Plot
In 2011, Adolf Hitler wakes up in a vacant lot in Berlin, with no memory of anything that happened after 1945. Homeless and destitute, he interprets everything he sees in 2011 from a Nazi perspective (for instance, he assumes that Turks in Germany are an indicator of Karl Dönitz having persuaded Turkey to join the Axis, and thinks that Wikipedia is named for "Wikinger") — and although everyone recognises him, nobody believes that he is Hitler; instead, they think he is either a comedian, or a method actor. As a result, videos of his angry rants become hugely successful on YouTube, and he achieves modern celebrity status as a performer. (Via Wikipedia)

The author
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. (Via Amazon)

A darkly entertaining satire. - Sunday Times

Packed with wry, close-to-the-knuckle hilarity, and builds to a gloriously ironic conclusion. - Mail on Sunday

This uproariously funny satire will have you in stitches. - Shortlist




The first part was kind of confusing, but it all got better was more I read. So if your reading it too and you think it's too complicated for you after you read the first two pages then don't worry. I have to say that the book is complicated and you have to keep attention to understand everything, but don't put it away because you think it's too difficult for you. It gets better I swear.
The theme isn't easy I think. It's also really scary to read what Hitler thinks. I know that it's not the real one and the author invented everything but it's still so real.




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