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Azi Can you really think that someone who shows how Hitler would be very willing to xterminate at least a few millions of our fellow citizens who are of foreign descent that someone who warns us to be careful for our fellow human beings all of our fellow human beings that someone like this is a Nazi Yes Well then I can t help you and you should really check in with your doctor just to be sure Because facts are facts and some things are so obvious facts that it s very bothersome to not be able to see thoseWell I think I m kind of done here If it so happens that I want to add anything I ll put a note at the top of the review that informs you of any changes that have been made If anyone wants to add a comment Feel free to do so I d love to hear other thoughts on this book and my reviewAnd just because I can t resist Die Krankenschwester kommt herein Ich wollte nur kurz nach dem Rechten sehenHitler Dem geht s gutAnd in EnglishFree translation by myself so sorry if it s not so funny as the original Nurse nters the toom I just wanted to look if verything s allrightHitler Yes I m all right Although I read this book in German there are already lots of German reviews and it may get published in translation so I ll review auf Englisch The title translates as He s Back and it s about Hitler who mysteriously reappears in Berlin in 2011 and becomes a TV star His audience apparently believes him to be some kind of method actor or nth degree Stephen Colbert character and is alternately discomfited by his unironic profession of Nazi ideals and interested in his updated ideas for Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between example about how protecting the German homelandnvironment should be a highest priority which makes him a strange bedfellow of the Green party Meanwhile Hitler himself remains resolutely oblivious of how reviled he is by nearly The Day Christ Was Born everyone in the modern world which sets up many scenes of dramatic irony when his modern producers and viewers are too polite to call him out on his occasionally outrageous statements which they believe are part of his act What makes this the book somewhat groundbreaking is that it s a German comedy about Hitler This doesn t feel special to Americans and British people who have been making fun of Hitler since Charlie Chaplin but in myxperience 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set even when Germans do want to be funny anything around Nazism is the last place they would go rather like the German tourist who tells Basil Fawlty that his goose stepping is not funny Not for us Not for any German people That said this book isn t a straight up laugh out loud kind of comedy A lot of the the time themotion the reader The Seventh Witch experiences is the kind of cringe that The Office British versionvoked so relentlesslyAlthough I And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake enjoyed reading the novel for my own purposes toxercise my German and find out what all the talk in Germany was about I m not sure I d recommend this to American readers It relies on a pretty detailed knowledge of contemporary German society its immigrants laws against promoting Nazism other TV shows that I doubt many Americans are up to speed on Also much of its style stems from the author s mimicry of Hitler s oratory which involved torrents of high flown hyperbolic old fashioned language in this book applied to such observations as the fact that there are lots of Starbucks around or that reality TV shows are repetitive and insipid or that Ikea furniture is made of firewood It starts to be funny and then you realize you re being amused with Hitler and you want to stop Ultimately what made this book satisfying can only be described in German Schadenfreude It turns out that watching Hitler lost diminished irrelevant a joke but not a good one is a little thrilling Not Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America everyone would agree with me but as an American I think the Germansspecially of my generation are better at confronting their historical demons than we are and I m not surprised that this book both for the symbolic reason of finally making Hitler a subject of comedy and for the thematic reason of revealing the panorama of a pluralistic German society became a bestseller there However the book The Pocket Wife ends on anerie warning note as Hitler moderates his rhetoric to match the times and uses his power of personal fascination to rebuild a circle of followers and fans I have finally managed to read this controversial book and now I understand why it has become so controversial This is cutting satire which pulls no punches in the tradition of Jonathan Swift many a time you will flinch while reading it This is the way I believe that satire should work while making one laugh it should also make one uncomfortable and make one uestion the very basis of one s fondly held beliefs It did this for me I laughed out loud in very few places but all the while my inner demon was seething with The Color of Our Sky evil laughterThe premise of the novel is simple to the point of silliness Hitler is deposited into the middle of modern day Germany without anyxplanation whatsoever People take him for a flawless impersonator while he is very sincere in his motives to set Germany right While the country sees him as a comedian par xcellence on TV Adolf is using it as a means of propaganda to re stablish his philosophy in the minds of "the Volk As the show and the showman become a runaway hit he is wooed "Volk As the show and the showman become a runaway hit he is wooed different parties and gets a book contract and at the Obsession end of the novel we realise with a shudder that Hitler is slowly remergingThe juxtaposition of a historical figure with modern society is a common trope used in many satirical plays in India it is a useful tool to satirise modern society in the light of age old values However here we find modern society Cabaret: A Roman Riddle evaluated in the light of Nazi values celebrity culture and thethics of journalism for xample and we sometimes find ourselves agreeing with Hitler This is deeply disturbing and forces us to uestion the values which we have become accustomed to which is good IMO but which I suspect may get a lot of people pissed off A mirror is sometimes very difficult to look intoAnother disturbing fact Hitler s popularity In the guise of humour only for the audience the Fuhrer is in dead arnest so much of hatred for the other is tolerated nay ven ncouraged It made me uestion the limits of satire itself for All Roads Lead Home example in a joke aimed at a particular community are we laughing at the issue or the target community Forxample do we see a magazine such as Charlie Hebdo satirising society or insulting religion So while applauding Hitler as a comedian is society tacitly putting the seal of approval on his dangerously ccentric ideas due to its own ingrained racism Continuing in the same vein is this what happened originally when a little man with a ridiculous moustache was able take centre stage in German politics after spending a long time on the fringes frightening thought thatThe novel is brilliantly written in Hitler s unreadable prose I could recall my xperience of reading Mein Kampf which shows him up for what he was a pompous ass with murderous ideas I think this is the root of the criticism that the novel makes Hitler likeable It doesn t It makes him silly Such a man could not come to power and commit murder on such a grand scale without the active collusion of the majority at least sins of omission if not those of commission In fact Hitler only cleverly xploited European anti Semitism to come to power IMO By the time the world realised the depths of the depravity of this madman it was too late The novel warns us that it is all the possible in modern society with the vastly improved means of propaganda at its disposalFinally does this novel trivialise the holocaust and put Hitler in a favourable light IMO it doesn t What it does is that it diminishes Hitler It says Look guys this kooky idiot rode to power on your shoulders and once there tightened his grip like a vice Such monkeys will come in future also Please don t lift them to your shoulders and allow them to put a chokehold on youWhich is not a bad message when one comes to think about it91116I think the last paragraph of my review may have proved prophetic 45 starsI can guess what you re thinking That cover is that And then But it says it s funnyI can see from some other reviews and comments around that this is appalling to some that the concept of a comedic book about one of the most vil men who The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis ever lived is abhorrent I can understand that But I also think that comedy and satire in particular has a great deal of value in making us think about situations and people in ways we might not have beforeI imagine a few people like me will consider themselves irreverent and try this because of the shock value I know I saw the fantastically simple but instantly recognisable cover and was sold Thing is this isn t written for its shock value At least I don t think that s it s major point It s not disrespectful It s certainly not cheap laughs and stereotypes This is a well thought out witty and very relevant satire on modern life on the media on our own sense of humour At times it s frightening how like sheep people can be were then still areWe have to take one giant leap for it to work Adolf Hitler from 1945 suddenly wakes up in modern day Germany We never find out howven he doesn t spend too long uestioning To immerse yourself in what happens after you just have to accept it Initially disorientated he doesn t let his unfamiliar surroundings faze him for long A kind hearted newspaper seller takes him under his wing and is the first of many to see the F hrer as a fully in character comedy impersonator Soon TV producers come calling and a slot on a comedy show beckons What was once a hypnotic despot is now a hypnotic comedy performer Is this the point That we can only laugh at the ravings of a madman now now that our society would not take him seriouslyHowever much the F hrer rants raves and talks politics his new contemporaries applaud his brave comedic insights into the current world climate and his witty outlook of Germany s past It s something you think you might find appalling After all this is Adolf Hitler But ven the Jewish uestion is well handled I was worried about that Of course racist sentiments are spouted by our protagonist and we never ver feel sympathy for him but with the first person perspective and veryone constantly reminding him that as a comedy topic the Jews are no laughing matter and
Hitler agreeing that they are absolutely right the author gets away without making agreeing that they are absolutely right the author gets away without making lead overly repellent as a fictional F hrer you do keep wanting to see what will happenThe modern world finding Hitler a comedy genius is itself pretty funny as we are meant to find it in some ways it is frightening can we not see Evil in front of our faces It does say a lot about the world today that we would very likely find this kind of thing post modern ironic and think ourselves very witty for declaring it so How clever are we that can laugh at his comedic genius In many ways this makes us no different to the many who followed blindly back in the 20s and 30s Which of course makes it all the funnier in the book Hitler s speeches are hilarious at times his old trademark style of speechmaking his old speeches and phrases themselves used but to a vastly different audience But maybe not such a different one in many respects Gullible in a different way I did think reading this if a man appeared claiming to be Hitler looked like him dressed like him orated like him he would ither Just Cause end up in a mental hospital or on YouTube I had a chill in one scene when Hitler gives a speech though I m not certain I believe it s a direct copy of a real one he gave in which he spouts about blood and sacrifice truly horrific but his TV crew interpret it as anlegy for a recently deceased colleague While it s funny it s also an indictment of our sensibilities You want him locked away yet you want to see what other honours this society will laud him withMy favourite sections of the book were those that introduced the F hrer to modern technology the traditional comedy segments His views on TV shopping channels and cookery shows had me in stitches for xample My jaw dropped Providence had presented the German Volk with the wonderful magnificent opportunity for propaganda and it was being suandered on the production of leek rings He discovers Vikipedia discusses with us his views on the 20th century history that he missed and smugly compares his own YouTube viewing figures to that of Chaplin s The Great Dictator Again though we are not allowed to forget who this is very technological advance he sees only as a potential tool for creating a new Reich Humour with real biteHow people react to him is fascinating most find the Heil Hitler amusing his refusal to get out of character admirable his improvisation astounding And all that is funny Yet the author also touches on the tragic the lderly Jewish woman who cannot CANNOT find this national sensation funny remembering the atrocities he or the person he is impersonating committed the Nazi haters who don t see satire but die hard National Socialism The National Socialists for whom he is TOO xtreme It is the masses as usual who are led n masse to one opinion of himI loved this The translation from the German is xcellent and the only reason I haven t given this 5 stars is because there are references to modern day Germany that I didn t follow references to contemporary political figures and situations and I also found a few of the F hrer s speeches and thoughts bordered on overlong Only a few though Most of this is perfectly paced and wittily writtenYou ll never read another book like it I m Jewish myself and found it original hilarious and far from shallow Very scary too It treads the path of satire carefully With fewer and fewer people around who can remind us in person of what Adolf Hitler did to so many it is vitally important that this is a topic that never dies Satire is one way of keeping his revolting ideology in the public consciousness we must never be deluded into adulation of such a creature A new generation can njoy and ponder on this book and not let the past dieRecommendedReview of a Netgalley advance copy ADOLF MEETS DONALD A LAUGH UNTOLDCue in 3 2 1Gagmez Ladies and Gentlemen tonight we have a special guest Tonight our beloved Fuhrer will have a special one on one interview with a formidable opponent Has he finally met his match Well stay tuned and hold on tight to your seats if you want to find out because tonight we have something really xceptional for you Tonight we are graced by the presence of the man himself the frontrunner and Republican Presidential Nominee Mr Donald J Trumpapplause Gagmez Thank you for accepting our invitation Mr TrumpDonald Thank you Ali It s a pleasure to be here Hello Fuhrer Adolf Sieg Heil Donald I m sorry I don t say things like that I m AmericanAdolf I apologize I forgot you are of a lesser race one without mannersDonald Now listen hereGagmez Okay okay let s keep things civil gentlemen Let s stick to the relevant issues at hand Fuhrer you can beginAdolf Herr Trump I have heard you say uite a number of times. Ce nulla per nasconderlo anzi è tremendamente reale Eppure nessuno gli crede tutti lo prendono per uno straordinario comico tutti lo cercano tutti lo vogliono tutti lo imitano Il mondo che Hitler incontra 66 anni dopo infatti è cinico spudorato bramoso di successo incapace di opporre ualsiasi resistenza al “nuovo” demagogo Al massimo riesce ad apporre il compulsivo “mi piace” “non mi piace” dei social network Farsa satira pura comicità analisi spietata corrosiva del nostro tempo il romanzo d’esordio di Timur Vermes è un gioiello di intelligente umorismo d è divenuto in breve tempo grazie al passaparola un fenomeno ditoriale con pochi precedent.
characters Er ist wieder daHitler the author might have wanted to compromise and portray Hitler as at least likable Either that or maybe the author did not think of the bible at all but rather of the average intelligence of his potential readers and of his bank account For commercial reasons it is always advisable to have a likable protagonist one that readers can relate to5 Contemporary German politicians are stupid Yet in order to learn this true fact readers could have saved themselves the The Perfect Christmas Gift expense for this book Some might have already known and those who didn t I could have told for free And not only GERMAN politicians are stupid politicians of other countries well never mind this is off topic6 Celebrities are not always what the public thinks they are Good to know Yet this knowledge could alsoasily be obtained otherwise7 It is ok to turn The Taste of Night each andvery mass murderer into a comic figure Having people shot blown up hanged or gassed is soooooo funny Besides humor is the best weapon for stopping vil tyrants This is how Hitler and Stalin were stopped from murdering many millions of people Wait a moment I got a little confused here Allow me At age 75 I am ntitled to a little brain fog So forget it Hitler and Stalin WEREN T stopped but they might have been stopped had people been able to read Timur Vermes s book Or maybe not Never mind Anyway it is ok to write a humorous book about The Trust everyvil murderer8 It is possible to make a fortune writing funny books about A Scandalous Regency Christmas evil mass murderers While notvery wannabe bestseller author may be successful with such a book it is at least worth a try Advice to fledgling authors Don t start with a big mass murderer like Hitler or Stalin start small with a serial killer or a school shooter with no less than 12 and no than 50 victims If this works out you can always advance to bigger book projects such as making an avuncular likable protagonist out of Saddam Hussain or Nero Nero I said not Nehru stupid 9 People can return from beyond Yet here I have to admit that it was a disadvantage not to have read the whole book I don t know how it The Return explained how Hitler managed to perform this task But I am sure that the smartest of the not so smart readers will have figured out a way how this could be doneven though as I have heard the author did not bother to laborate10 Some optimistic reviewers have suggested that this book might induce so far uneducated and ignorant readers to follow up with advanced reading And this may be true Mein Kampf is available here on and has huge numbers of wonderful reviews just as Er ist wieder da However for those with somewhat levated brain function I would recommend a few other books instead of the above mentioned For instance Hitler The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuehrer by Ernst Hanfstaengl Berlin Diary by William Shirer Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi The Reawakening by Primo LeviStill Alive A Holocaust Childhood Remembered by Ruth KluegerAnd if something humorous is desired by all means look for a different topicNote for those who are a bit slow on the uptake If this review confuses you please look up the words satire sarcasm and irony Most people have praised this witty satire though a few Prince Hafizs Only Vice elderly Germans and Holocaust survivors seem for some unaccountable reason to find it offensive I do not properly understand their objections and have decided to follow the majority opinion My own contribution to this new andxciting genre is a screenplay based on the life of the late Jimmy Savile the celebrated English ntertainer and serial pedophile Although in form a lighthearted sex comedy the work needless to say in no way condones pedophilia My aim rather is to draw attention to the cult of celebrity and the increasing sexualization of young children both of which I deploreAt risk of sounding immodest I am rather proud of my little piece It contains references to an clectic mixture of highbrow and lowbrow sources both Lolita and Come Play With Me I am particularly pleased with the seuence where Savile rapes an And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen eight year old Rwandan refugee which cleverly parodies anpisode from Black Emmanuelle Meets the Wife Swappers Honestly if this doesn t alert you to the appalling danger posed by celebrity pedophiles then nothing willI have shown my draft to a number of people and met varying reactions Subjects under the age of five are generally positive though a few of the older ones complain that the sex is too tame Adults however seem very reserved Some have Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy even gone so far as to say that they find my screenplay tasteless and insensitive to the plight of Savile s many victims I have no idea what they are talking about Can someone help meHey Jonathan Maitland has stolen my idea Update 24th July 2014I think I can now safely assume that it s a generational thing There s been a rather heated argument with an older female reviewer of this book and I figured I d ask my grandparents about their opinions on the book My grandmother was born in 1937 in northern Germany my grandfather 1933ually in nothern Germany As my grandpa was at that point old Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security What to Do About It enough he had had to join the Deutsche JugendGerman Youth the group yountered before you ntered the Hitler Jugend They send me a letter and I will directly translate what my grandma wrote I am sorry but I couldn t warm myself up to the book albeit being amused sometimes I can imagine that it s like that for anyone who comes back into our
WORLD AFTER 66 YEARSTHE ARGUMENTS ABOUTafter 66 yearsThe arguments about people in our country have disgusted me so much that I have not nded the bookAN I assume my grammy links the character s opinion with the author s opinion I hope most of you don t make that mistake Then grandpa read it and well you see in the addition what he thinks about itI am born in 1937 and know the story only by having it told to me for which I am gratefulI hope that you forget it soon and that you can Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention engage yourself with nicer subjectsWell yeah not reallyh D And now for my grandpa s thoughtsIt s so cute he ven added a subject title at the beginning Ah old people xD This book seems to be written for the generation who were "grandma s parents the doings of the gr "s parents The doings of the Gr faz Gr ter F hrerFeldherr aller Zeiten Greatest leader of all timeGr faz is ironically used mostly At least I never heard anyone not using it for mocking purposes and it s fun yeah Adolf Hitler was in the time of 1924 1945The book is written humorously in some passages but only understandable if one shoves the gruesome vents during the leadership of the Nazis asideAN Grandpa s opinion obviously I disagree This in turn insults in the most awful way that part of the people who were directly or indirectly affected by the unimaginable schemes Even today there are survivors who can report on this convincingly I am convinced that this book at best had never been written or after heavy Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education editing measures in many parts separated serve as a cabaret draftGranted those are only two older people whose opinion I know now but granted for one I could not have asked my other grandparents because one is dead and both have been to young to remember anythingborn in the 40s and for second I can t just walk around asking older people to read this book and if I did so with my landlady I m not so sure if that wouldnd wellIt stays however that of three older people who have come across this book one dismissed it almost instantaneously and the other two tried to read it and gave up somewhere midway through And also they have given almost the same reasons as to why they did so Which I understand really since yeah that generation is far likely to be so opposed ven towards a satireBut that brings up what is in my mind so important with the author and many of the readers We are not from that generationWe are younger We only know about the vents by history lessons because no people don t talk about it in their families I grew up without knowing that a man named Hitler Cruise Control everxisted had it not been for school lessons I wouldn t have known Which again brings up a point We need to STOP the silence We need to adress those issues The wounds have mostly healed the current young generation is far nough apart from this history to still feel connected to it and therefore to feel the duty to think about it while being far nough apart from it to not have the City Limits emotional ballast of the older generationWe are now We are reflecting on ourselves And we are not silent sorry grams This is a very difficult book As much as I would like to give it a humorous review I can tSo let s start from the beginning What do we know about the plot Hitler wakes up in modern Berlin in the summer of 2011 is uite confused at first but as he so proudly points outRepeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly he s the kind of guy who s so focused on achieving his goal that he ignores the fact that 1 he oughta be dead 2 he traveled through time He goes onxploring the new world and gets a career on TVNow the very premise of this work does turn many people off immediately I have seen that uite often both in private discussions and reviews but also in interviews commentaries by journalists and in one german talk show The uestion many people ask is this Is this book pro Hitler It often is paired with another uestion Is the author a Nazi01 Is this book pro HitlerIf you ve read the blurb you could say Maybe If you ve read the book you should say No Because it s very very direct in that aspect In fact it s so direct that the very fact that Hitler is not a cuddly neighbours dog jumps in your face with rocket speed and breaks your noseDon t be mistaken It is not impossible that this work brings across the wrong message But mind you this needs something to already be there in the reader Pro Nazi sentiments Anti semitism Racism Ignorance towards logic and mpathy Still That is not the fault of the author Also those cases are the minority I am not making this up pretty much very reaction towards this book can be categorised in two ways 1 Oh God it s Hitler I hate it or 2 This is satire criticism and a well deserved warning against Nazi ideologyWhat I ssentially want to say is this If it so happens that someone gets the wrong idea then that s not the author s fault simply because he made it so apparent that you should not like the protagonistLet s take a closer look So there are jokes involved There s humour in many things Hitler does and gets confronted with Try to cut that all out nobody would read it Seriously Vermes managed to grasp Hitler s style so wonderfully it could be Hitler himself writing were it not for the lesson in it Have you dear readerAnd I know you re reading this ver tried to read Mein Kampf I tried I failed It s just unendurable No kidding a law textbook reads like a children s book compared to that The sane mind cannot Culture and Enchantment endure Hitlers very own book for longer than a paragraph Trust me I triedDoes the humour in this book make Hitler look good It doesn t make him look bad I assure you until he says something misogynistic racist or anti semitic right after thatAnxample There s a point where Hitler complains about the overloading of lectronical devices g mobile phones with unneeded crap that leaves the young people #Pressing Their Noses Against The Screens So # their noses against the screens so thousands of them get knocked over by cars His comment It will be this one of my first plans to forbid these telephone devices actually to only allow them for D DAY Through German Eyes 2 elements of sub races or maybeven order those to use them Those can lie for days on the major streets of Berlin like dead hedgehogs that s at least a practical advantageDo you notice that he doesn t pay any thought or Baroque Personae emotion to the lives of people he deems unworthy Do you notice that he talks about teenagers being killed by cars because of his order and that he s fine with that Yes So why do you complainHey be all against Hitler the way you want if you so choose to avoid anything that portrays him in less than the light of the psychopath you think he was that s your choice But for the love of sanity look at what the author does Yes he portrays Hitler like a human being like a person very close to the original But that sxactly the thing That s what makes it so Democratic Art evident that Hitler was thinking and doing bad thingsI mean come on would you view any protagonist who promotes the organizedxtermination of specific human races as something worth doing as positive Yes Please think againIt s not that this Hitler says the bad things That s obvious and it doesn t go away just because he makes some funny jokesMost of those actually related to the time travel than anything Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? else It s that the people around this Hitler hear those things and don t do anything about it Why yes there are people who stand up against him Those areither the politically over correct types or modern Nazis The first because they re concernced the latter because they think he s making fun of their F hrerWhen actually they re already good at making themselves ridiculous Others are in general charmed by his as they think satirical portrayal of the dead Austrian So much that they fail to notice his misogyny His racism His anti semitism Which is a pretty accurate portrayal of our societySpeaking of Germany here but if you re from the US you should also check your views on those topics just to be sure There s an asy test for misogyny Do you think that a woman is guilty if she get s molested or raped Then yes you re misogynistic Misogyny nowadays Not discussed Dismissed Always a part of some conspiracy against politicians Yes that s idiotic And racism Good heavens no we don t ven talk about that how could we be racist How How or maybe we just are And don t Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group even get me started in anti semitism that deserves a whole school subjectBack to HitlerThis one just sounds so weird What s left to say Not much actually There s still the issue that notverything Hitler says is wrong There are problems in modern Germany There is a horrible waste of resources There are the unemployed who are calmed with money by social care when all the Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust economy wants the government to do is taking care of those peoples ability to buy their products Those problemsxist they are facts The ueation is if you want to believe Hitler when he ascribes them to jewish or communistic conspiracies or if you actually want to use your sanity But that s Conscience and Memory entirely up to you reader I suggest you go and see for yourself what you think about this Hitler Maybe just maybe it helps you to grasp the feeling of just how dangerous that man wasBefore I forget it let s uickly look at the second uestion I have uoted above 02 Is the author a NaziJudging by interviews with Vermes I d say No He deliberately wrote this as a satire to show the dangers of Hitlers thoughts and the ignorance towards those coming from anyonelse than Hitler himselfOr just the one who s regarded as someone lseBut of course people can lie So what does the book sayHey book is your author a Nazi Book Are you fucking kidding meSorry book I just had toWith all I have stated above does anyone really think it s possible that the author of this particular book is a Ilitoni; che non c’è traccia di Eva Non può non sentire un forte odore di benzina salare dalla sua divisa sudicia logora; non riesce a spiegarsi l’intorpidimento delle sue articolazioni la difficoltà che prova nel muovere i primi passi in una città piuttosto diversa da come la ricordava Regna infatti la pace; ci sono molti stranieri; una donna sì proprio una donna per giunta goffa tale Angela Merkel è alla guida del Reich 66 anni dopo la sua fine nel Bunker contro ogni previsione Adolf inizia una nuova carriera stavolta a partire dalla televisione uesto nuovo Hitler non è tuttavia né un imitatore né una controfigura È proprio lui non fa né di. Do the Germans have the right to find Hitler funny That s the mistaken uestion which seems to drive much of the controversy over this wildly popular novel in which Adolf Hitler by mechanisms which are wisely left unexplained returns from the dead and finds himself whole and well in modern day Germany What does he make of the world and what does he do with himselfHe does what he does best rapidly grasps a socio political situation and delivers impassioned rants that lead to immediate stardom An instant TV and YouTube hit he is taken to be a hilarious Hitler impersonator who can speak truths that no one lse dares to in the Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education era of political correctness The parts of the book that show Hitler s reaction to contemporary society are in fact uite funny He s appalled by the profusion of newspapers purveying mindless dribble Television that splendid propaganda tool shows gardening shows and melodramas Mobile phones the internet and chain stores are all developments which a transplant from the first half of the twentieth century finds wondrous and monstrousBut as the book goes on you realise what Vermes is doing You ve started to like Hitler He s a stroppy avuncular highly articulate tee total vegetarian who loves children and loves nature loves order and discipline and wants his country to be strong and successful He finds unlikely friends in the Green party as henthusiastically supports nergy independence and renewable nergy He makes some good points about the debacle in Afghanistan He states bluntly that with the recipe of internet mass The Baby Swap Miracle entertainment and a minimal baseline of social welfare global capitalism has found an opiate that lets it continue its accumulation unchecked and unuestioned And he has some chilling observations on Germany s uneasy relationship with its nationalist socialist past When a colleague accuses him of defending the Nazi swine he repliesEs wird heute gerne so hingestellt als h tten damalsinige berzeugte zum letzten ntschlossene Nationalsozialisten in ganzes Volk bert lpelt Und das ist nicht ganz falsch s hat diesen Versuch in der Tat gegeben 1923 in M nchen Doch r ist unter blutigen Opfern gescheitert Die Folge war in anderer Weg 1933 wurde kein Volk mit iner Propagandaaktion berw ltigt Es wurde Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation ein F hrer gew hlt aufine Weise die sogar im heutigen Sinne als demokratisch gelten muss Es wurde Gender Justice ein F hrer gew hlt der in unwiderlegbarer Klarheit seine Pl ne offengelegt hatte Die Deutschen haben ihn gew hlt Ja sogar Juden Die Partei hatte damals schon vier Millionen Mitglieder Und auch das nur weil ab 1933 keine weiteren Mitglieder mehr aufgenommen wurden Es h tten 1934 auch acht Millionen zw lf Millionen sein k nnen Ich glaube nicht dassine der heutigen Parteien nur ann hernd diese Zustimmung genie t Es gab Generations and Collective Memory entwederin ganzes Volk von Schweinen Oder das was geschehen ist war keine Schweinetat sondern der Wille ines VolkesToday you like to portray things as if back then a few utterly fanatical Nationalist Socialists duped an ntire people And that is not From Notes to Narrative entirely false in fact that attempt was made In Munich 1923 Yet it failed in a bloody martyrdom Conseuently another way was taken In 1933 no people was overpowered by a propaganda action A leader waslected in a manner which Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America even now would be considered legitimate democratic process A leader waslected who set out his plans openly with crystal clarity The German people God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School elected him Yesven Jews The party at that time had 4 million members And only because from 1933 no further memberships were accepted It could have been 8 million 12 million by 1934 I do not believe any of the parties today Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) enjoy anything near such popular support Either there was anntire people of swine Or what happened was no swinishness but the will of a people As the book closes Hitler is beginning to stablish a new mass movement As all over the world the political centre of gravity drifts to the xtreme right this is a warning we would do well to heed Running into ideasFor the last few days I ve been reading Timur s book and yesterday I finished it That is usually the time when I force my opinion on the world it was time to leave a review on GoodreadsAs I was walking home after work I thought about my upcoming review What to say about this What did I think I wasn t sure Actually I had trouble deciding what this book was aboutDid it leave me with any lasting impressions Not really Any deeper insights No Anything lighter maybe Yes maybe This was amusing at times but surely nothing For the most part this felt fluffy the narrative remained surreal and kept me at a distance Huh So what to say about this What is the point of this bookI decided to leave my review until tomorrow and went out for a run along the Thames London lay in the vening rays of spring the sun gleaming off the water diners and drinkers lining the mbankment chatting and laughing the work week a memory the weekend days a promise The mood was light the city was buzzing and the world was good I set out and became part of the urban summer Running hard for a stretch walking the next I tried to Foraging for Survival execute a techniue thexperts call interval trainingI am in a walking phase of my workout Timur s book firmly forgotten when I became aware of a memorial plaue I had never before noticed It said In memory of the 40 dead and 60 injured when a direct hit destroyed an air raid shelter close to this spot in 1941And then I got "it That is what Timur s book is about That is what it wants to be And "That is what Timur s book is about That is what it wants to be And is also what it does not manage to beWhat this book wants to beTimur s book wants to be satire It wants to be scathing and it wants to be malicious It wants to be your friend And then it wants to betray you and slap you in the face While you stare at it unbelieving and hurt it wants to stand tall and proud It wants to point at you in silent accusation in moral rectitude Unforgiving Revealing Warning How do I know it wants to do all this Well from hindsight it is clear Fragments enough really Odd that it reuired a memorial plaue for me to see it Timur has his fictional Hitler narrate his story as I narrative so we are always in Adolf s head Timur imitates the historical Hitler s speech mannerisms chillingly well the convoluted syntax is there as much as Hitler s rambling often unstructured thoughts Timur isven spot on when bringing the body language back to life Hitler so famously used in his public speechesAnd as we are supposed to see the world through Hitler s Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries eyes we arexpected to discover that for the most part these yes are not those of an vil psychopath but allow insights into the inner workings of a reasonably normal person a person with strengths and weaknesses a person who is uncertain at times xperiences pain and joy and can be charming A person like you and me No Not like you and me This is where the book wants to slap us in the face And here is how The following scene shows Adolf in conversation with his secretary Fraulein Kromeier who has just told him that she cannot work for him any We nter the scene as Kromeier shows Adolf a photo of her grandmother s family taken in 1943 I read the book in the original but translate the passage into English I have not gone to war for six long years that I could not guess what personal tragedies would be involved in this What wounds untimely death tears into the souls of the innocentWho died I asked Everybody Six weeks later I looked at the man on the photo at the woman at the two boys in particular at the two boys and had to clear my throat This photo it touched my heart If you wish to take the day off I began I think memories of the war are difficult for you Who says anything about the war Kromeier shouted these people did not die in a war These people were gassedI paused and looked at the photo again The man the woman the boys did not look like criminals like gypsies not a bit like Jews That was truly astounding I myself would have failed to arrest these people as German as they looked I was so puzzled at first I ven thought I should take the opportunity and thank Himmler for his painstaking and impartial work in this matter from pp308 13Slap How dare you allow yourself to be lured in by this man the book asks I stand before the book helpless and I feel xposed Something has been revealed to me Something painful Something grotesue Is it possible that I would have let myself been drawn into the schemes of a twisted murderer Is it possible that I would not have seen Hitler coming would not have been able to look forward as clearly as I am able to look back The book stands tall and proud Imperious It points at me I cower before it and I am ashamedWhat I think this book isIn my uote Timur s book is all it could have been But the passage is only five pages long It stands alone with perhaps two or three other such instances in a book of 400 pages And because of that its impact dilutes hopelessly It is a drop of vitriol in the ocean And the rest of the book I am afraid to say feels rather innocuous It is amusing at times but when it isn t and this is often it comes over as strangely dull and pointless It is also disjointed many of the chapters do not serve any obvious purpose and do not advance the plot In particular in its final uarter the book feels like Adolf s adventures in modern day Berlin What would happen if Hitler attended the Wiesen the Octoberfest What would happen if Hitler went out to buy razorblades What would happen if Hitler walked into the party headuarters of the NPD Germany s One Ticket To Texas extreme right Sometimes this is hilarious butven at its best these Helpmate episodes never rise above the status of a harmless Published in English as Look Who s BackWhat would happen if Hitler woke up in present day Germany How would he deal with the large number of foreign immigrants living in contemporary Germany not to mention its political agenda If you re one to scoff at such a scenario rest assured that the characters of this book did so as well with thexception of Hitler himself of course So our most hated dictator Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy ends up becoming a famous comedian Let s face it he couldn t REALLY be speaking seriously rightThis book was yet another one in my continuous uest to improve my German language skills by means of something other than YA in genre On the surface it looked decentnough contemporary time travel and humor The addition of Hitler didn t xactly make it sound too promising but lack of sparkly vampires clinched the dealThough my reviews should definitely be taken as gospel ha do keep in mind the following I read the book in German and my proficiency in the language is intermediate at best I don t much care for politics in ANY language and Germany s political views as well as its internal issues are completely foreign heh to meImpressions There were uite a few funny pisodes which made me laugh out loud in spite of myself I ven laughed with Hitler s character onceInterviewer Do you admire HitlerHitler Only in the mornings when I look into the mirrorI know I m ashamed of myself too I didn t understand most of the political mumbo jumbo in part due to my lacking language skills but also due to my lack of background knowledge on issues in contemporary Germany Dialect speech in writing confuses me I was truly horrified when Hitler s young secretary was swayed by his charm in spite of her Jewish ancestors who were deeply affected by the Holocaust It made me wonder how I d have "Reacted To Such A "to such a in her place There were plenty of humorous seuences which made the book somewhat bearable though not nough to consider it Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead enjoyable Thending was rather disappointingScore 25 starsI suppose people with better German skills and in depth knowledge of politics would be closer to the target audience of this book than me I read an Bryozoan Evolution excerpt of this book and I talked at length with someone who has read half of it before tossing it with disgustThis book may read funny but to make a somewhat likable comic figure of the most cruel mass murderer the 20th century has seen is not only tasteless but dangerousShame on anyone who writes a positive review on this book Shame on anyone who buys this book or asks for this book at the library Shame on anyone who supports the author and the publisher of this book with a single dimeI am asking anyone who has a single brain cell left Are 70 million dead in WWII 6 million of them Jews who died in the Holocaust reason to make fun of And I am notven talking about those who have lost loved ones their health andor all they Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) ever owned The murderer of all these people is not a comic figureLearning that this book has become a bestseller in Germany makes me ashamed of being German PLEASE NOTE This review was also posted on in October 2013 rejected it stating that it did not meet s regulations and guidelines When I asked which changes were reuired to make this review meet regulations and guidelines replied after one week apologizing and saying that the rejection had been a mistake then published this review without changes However in spring 2014 when the English version of the book came on the market removed my review without notifying me I have so far refrained from writing and posting a castrated version of my review UPDATE Dec 19 2014 I have just posted anntirely new 1 star review on I will see tomorrow whether or not has accepted itUPDATE Dec 20 2014 My review on went live today It reads as follows10 out of 5 stars 70 million dead are soooooo funny Come to think of it my 1 star review of the book which took down when the English version of the book came out has indeed overlooked some of the book s merits How obtuse must I have been to overlook how the younger generations of the stupid masses could benefit from this book This book can teach them a lot So for instance1 Hitler is not a scary fairy tale figure He has really Silvers Edge existed This is important to know particularly since it has been doubtedven denied that the Holocaust ver happened From there it would be only one step to assume that Hitler hadn t xisted Going Berserk either2 Hitler was not an alien He was human that s what so many reviewers of the book have concluded after reading the book Besides there is documented proof that Hitler was born to a no not a virgin but to anarthly woman3 Hitler was not a monster that s again what so many reviewers of the book have pointed out And I can confirm that Hitler had two arms and two legs and ven some kind of a head he didn t have horns nor did he spit fire and he didn t ven have an Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America euine club foot Thus Hitler was lucky Because had he been deformed in any way he might have felt compelled to have himselfuthanized4 Hitler was somewhat likable at least that s what so many reviewers took from this book Well I don t uite understand why anyone in his right mind might want to portray a mass murderer of unimaginable dimensions likable Yet it says in the bible to love thee neighbor And since after WWII with about 70 mio people dead let s forget about the uestionable Holocaust which many of the readers of the book might not believe in most readers would find it somewhat difficult to outright love. Ricordate Le memorie di Schmeed di Woody Allen “Nella primavera del 1940 una grossa Mercedes venne a fermarsi davanti al mio negozio di barbiere al 127 di Königsstrasse Autobiography and Other Writings edntrò Hitler ‘Voglio una spuntatina leggera’ disse ‘e non tagliatemi molto sopra’” Schmeed il barbiere del Reich depositario dei segreti del Führer Ecco il romanzo di Timur Vermes sembra rimandare alla comicità di Allen È l’estate del 2011 Adolf Hitler si sveglia in uno di uei campi incolti uasi abbandonati che ancora si possono incontrare nel centro di Berlino Egli non può fare a meno di notare che la guerra sembra cessata; che intorno a lui non ci sono i suoi fedelissimi comm.