Look Who's Back

Title: Look Who's Back (Er Ist Wieder Da)
Author: Timur Vermes
Translated from the German by: Jamie Bulloch
Maclehose Press Quercus-London
Paperback Edition, 2015
375 pages

Every time I go overseas, I plan to buy a book in the bookshop there. So instead of having a key chain, a fridge magnet or even a Starbucks tumbler, I have a book as the memento of the country I visit. On my Europe trip a few months ago, I bought Look Who's Back at Schipol airport, Amsterdam, first I was attracted with the pink sticker said 'Airport Favourite' then got more curious when reading the synopsis which tells what happens when Adolf Hitler wakes up now.  

This is a debut novel of Timur Vermes, a German writer. The book becomes a sensation in Germany. Sold more than a million copies. Check the synopsis here: You know his name, his face, his hair and mustache and imagine this, 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 recognizes his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. And he's FURIOUS when people think he is an impersonator. He's trying hard to convince them that it really is him, and yes, he really MEANS it.

The inevitable happens and Hitler goes viral, become a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show and people begin to listen. Yes, this book is truly entertaining. All will leave you laugh a lot. Furthermore you will also learn a lot about history and stuff through different point of view. If you are not into history, no worries, the translator attached his Translator's Note at the back of the book mentioning the dates, the political party, the details of occasion and others that will enrich our knowledge.

The book has been translated into 27 languages and in December 2013, Constantin Film bought the rights to make a movie on this book. The movie was released on Netflix on April 2016 as Look Who's Back.

A satire at its best. If you are looking for a good laugh, this is definitely a the book for you.

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