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Timur Vermes: Look Who's Back, translated by Jamie Bulloch.

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Kindle. Read mostly in a hammock in the beautiful garden of Diễm's and Liên's guesthouse in Mũi Né. The premise is simple: an unreformed Hitler wakes up in Berlin in 2011 and is taken to be a method-acting comedian. It is quite funny at times, particularly by showing how the media will do anything for a rating. The occasionally very muddled thinking left me wondering if it was the author being funny or if this was plausibly Hitler's authentic mode of reasoning.

Janet Maslin gave it a year's-end thumbs up. Showing the trans-Atlantic humour gap, Steven Pool at the Guardian. Yes, Downfall.