Reading Glass - Literally Hitler

January 26, 2017

Book Review: Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes





An extraordinary example of a book that cannot be judged without delving beyond the cover. This public snigger inducing work is a daring first person narrative of one of the most demonised personalities of history...waking up on a patch of Berlin waste ground in a petrol soaked military jacket in summer 2011. His only clear recollection of the night before was of showing Eva his pistol.


He is mistaken as a method actor unable to break character and becomes an internet sensation. The book is a razor sharp satire of a man transplanted out of time and his observations of the social and political world about him. The voice that emerges is strangely compelling as much as it is repellent. The comedic pace is unremitting and multi layered. Not just acute observation but many farcical scenes of interaction with the modern world. Hitler unable to operate his mobile phone or the over enthusiastic secretary whose only awareness of Hitler is from cinema