In this episode of This Week in Germany Extra, the interview podcast which focuses on German culture and society, I spoke to Timur Vermes about his controversial satire 'Er ist wieder da'.
The book, which was recently published for the first time in English with the title 'Look Who's Back', imagines what would happen if Adolf Hitler were to suddenly come back to life in modern-day Germany.
As the blurb on Amazon describes it:
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.
In our conversation, we discuss the controversy the book caused, whether readers of the English-language version will interpret the book the same way German-speakers did with the original, as well as the upcoming movie being produced by Constantin Film.