Free Er ist wieder da by Timur Vermes

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  • Er ist wieder da
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  • 14 February 2018
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REVIEW ¿ Er ist wieder da Geval heeft Timur Vermes een van de grappigste boeken van het jaar geschreven Hij neemt de media en de cynische massa genadeloos op de korrel zonder aan spanning in te boeten Slaagt Hitler gesteund door YouTubefilmpjes en vind ik leuks dit keer wél in zijn opzet. 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 1933 eually in nothern Germany As my grandpa was at that point old enough he had had to join the Deutsche JugendGerman Youth the group you entered before you entered 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 about certain people in our country have disgusted me so much that I have not ended 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 engage yourself with nicer subjectsWell yeah not really eh D And now for my grandpa s thoughtsIt s so cute he even 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 fazGr 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 events 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 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 would end 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 even 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 events by history lessons because no people don t talk about it in their families I grew up without knowing that a man named Hitler ever existed 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 enough apart from this history to still feel connected to it and therefore to feel the duty to think about it while being far enough apart from it to not have the 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 on exploring 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 empathy Still That is not the fault of the author Also those cases are the minority I am not making this up pretty much every 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 essentially 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 ever 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 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 thatAn example There s a point where Hitler complains about the overloading of electronical devices eg mobile phones with unneeded crap that leaves the young people pressing their noses against the screens so much 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 elements of sub races or maybe even 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 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 s exactly the thing That s what makes it so evident that Hitler was thinking and doing bad thingsI mean come on would you view any protagonist who promotes the organized extermination 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 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 are either 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 easy 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 even talk about that how could we be racist How How or maybe we just are And don t 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 not everything 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 economy wants the government to do is taking care of those peoples ability to buy their products Those problems exist 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 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 anyone else than Hitler himselfOr just the one who s regarded as someone elseBut 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 Nazi Can you really think that someone who shows how Hitler would be very willing to exterminate 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 enters the toom I just wanted to look if everything s allrightHitler Yes I m all right Boom Chicka Boom jaar geschreven Hij neemt de media en de cynische massa genadeloos op de korrel zonder aan spanning in te boeten Slaagt Hitler gesteund door YouTubefilmpjes en vind ik leuks dit keer wél in zijn opzet. 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 1933 eually in nothern Germany As my grandpa was at that point old enough he had had to Un Perrito Problematico join the Deutsche JugendGerman Youth the group you entered before you entered 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 about certain people in our country have disgusted me so much that I have not ended 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 engage yourself with nicer subjectsWell yeah not really eh D And now for my grandpa s thoughtsIt s so cute he even 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 fazGr 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 events 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 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 7 Intimate Secrets 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 would end 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 even 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 events by history lessons because no people don t talk about it in their families I grew up without knowing that a man named Hitler ever existed 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 enough apart from this history to still feel connected to it and therefore to feel the duty to think about it while being far enough apart from it to not have the 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 on exploring 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 Happy Days Are Here Again The 1932 Democratic Convention the Emergence of FDR and How America Was Changed Forever 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 Red's Hot Honky Tonk Bar 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 empathy Still That is not the fault of the author Also those cases are the minority I am not making this up pretty much every 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 essentially 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 Lunatic 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 ever tried to read Mein Kampf I tried I failed It s Grande Enciclopedia della Fantascienzan 2 just unendurable No kidding a law textbook reads like a children s book compared to that The sane mind cannot 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 thatAn example There s a point where Hitler complains about the overloading of electronical devices eg mobile phones with unneeded crap that leaves the young people pressing their noses against the screens so much 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 elements of sub races or maybe even 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 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 s exactly the thing That s what makes it so evident that Hitler was thinking and doing bad thingsI mean come on would you view any protagonist who promotes the organized extermination 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 Launching Missional Communities just because he makes some funny The Song Atlas A Book of World Poetry jokesMost of those actually related to the time travel than anything 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 are either 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 Red Sky in Mourning just to be sure There s an easy 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 even talk about that how could we be racist How How or maybe we Maine just are And don t even get me started in anti semitism that deserves a whole school subjectBack to HitlerThis one Che cos'è un dispositivo? just sounds so weird What s left to say Not much actually There s still the issue that not everything 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 economy wants the government to do is taking care of those peoples ability to buy their products Those problems exist they are facts The ueation is if you want to believe Hitler when he ascribes them to Paranoia jewish or communistic conspiracies or if you actually want to use your sanity But that s entirely up to you reader I suggest you go and see for yourself what you think about this Hitler Maybe His Reluctant Lover The Alfieri Saga #3 just maybe it helps you to grasp the feeling of Horror Noire Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present 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 anyone else than Hitler himselfOr Buried Alive just the one who s regarded as someone elseBut 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 Bondi Beach Boys Boys of Summer #1 just had toWith all I have stated above does anyone really think it s possible that the author of this particular book is a Nazi Can you really think that someone who shows how Hitler would be very willing to exterminate 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 Le Cabinet des Antiues 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 The Trouble With Jared 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 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REVIEW ¿ Er ist wieder da Hitler een hype en begint hij zesenzestig jaar na zijn vermeende overlijden aan een televisiecarrière En ook in deze eeuw weet der Führer het achteloze volk moeiteloos in zijn macht te krijgenIs het een satire Een persiflage Een waarschuwende parabel In ieder. 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 evening rays of spring the sun gleaming off the water diners and drinkers lining the embankment 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 execute a techniue the experts 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 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 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 is even 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 eyes we are expected to discover that for the most part these eyes are not those of an evil 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 experiences 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 enter 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 even 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 exposed 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 extreme right Sometimes this is hilarious but even at its best these episodes never rise above the status of a harmless anecdoteIn the end Timur chose a protagonist who just remains too artificial From page one it is clear that Timur s fictional Hitler is a literary device and as such Adolf remains an abstract notion throughout the majority of the book I think Timur would have been able to deliver his cathartic face slapping to much better effect had he chosen to write a fictional biography of Adolf Hitler Now that would have been evil A Hitler who wakes up in 21st Century Berlin and rails at graffiti and day time telly Yea that makes me smile but in the end so what No chance to confuse Adolf with Hitler A Hitler who relives NS Germany as I narrative Now that would be chilling Adolf would still be the fictional Hitler but no prizes for guessing that we would forget this over the course of 400 pagesWhat this book is perceived to beAnd yet even though for the most part a harmlessly amusing book I think so anyway Timur s intended satire still managed to polarise public opinion in Germany Mostly people were unsure whether Hitler represents an appropriate subject for political satire or not Leaving that aside I found it illustrative to read through some of the reviews readers published on and goodreads It appears to me that many who liked the book liked it for the right reason the idea that laughing along with Hitler is something that sticks in your throat something that makes you think about whether the historical Hitler would again receive adulation in modern day Germany and by extension in the societies of the 30 odd countries into whose languages the book was translated But still many positive reviews stay uite close to the actual book and ask themselves whether Hitler may have been a talk show host or would indeed be able to side with the Green party I wonder whether these thoughts do not in the end essentially miss the point And I think I am finding the point when I look at some of the negative reviews At least some readers are intensely emotional about the book to the point that they are advocating not to read it or even to suppress it Views are expressed that freedom of speech needs to find a natural restriction when such freedom might insult the sentiments of others This is a complex issue and I cannot do it justice here but we need to remember that these views are directed against a specific example of free speech and not offered as a theoretical view And this finally delivered the chilling punch I had been missing so much in the book The lure of radical views is subtle Dictators tend to suppress freedom of speech for reasons that they genuinely believe in These reasons may feel twisted misinformed and cynical to those whose views are suppressed But it feels too easy to dismiss the Hitlers Stalins and Honeckers of this world as evil crazed psychopaths who live in a world apart from that inhabited by intelligent enlightened and life competent individuals The part inhabited by us The truth may be much subtle and it is likely to be uncomfortable In an attempt to make sure that it never happens again we may be inclined to suppress freedom of speech in order to protect the innocent But it is not by suppression of ideas seen as potentially harmful that freedom is protected Freedom is protected if members of a society embed the chorus of their voices in democracies governed by the rule of law Doing so will dilute the impact of any one view and yet allow each one to be heardAnd looking at some of the views expressed in the wider debate about this book I wonder whether a threat to the open society may not come from those wishing to protect it as much as from those sworn to destroy it Had Timur been able to deliver this disturbing thought in a masterful satire I would have given it 5 starsBut he didn t and so I didn t This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 30 Unported License The Mark of Athena jaar na zijn vermeende overlijden aan een televisiecarrière En ook in deze eeuw weet der Führer het achteloze volk moeiteloos in zijn macht te krijgenIs het een satire Een persiflage Een waarschuwende parabel In ieder. 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 evening rays of spring the sun gleaming off the water diners and drinkers lining the embankment 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 execute a techniue the experts 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 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 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 is even 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 eyes we are expected to discover that for the most part these eyes are not those of an evil 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 experiences pain and 2002 Index of Economic Freedom 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 Grenadier Volume 7 Grenadier just told him that she cannot work for him any We enter 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 even 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 exposed 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 extreme right Sometimes this is hilarious but even at its best these episodes never rise above the status of a harmless anecdoteIn the end Timur chose a protagonist who Alice in Wonderland just remains too artificial From page one it is clear that Timur s fictional Hitler is a literary device and as such Adolf remains an abstract notion throughout the majority of the book I think Timur would have been able to deliver his cathartic face slapping to much better effect had he chosen to write a fictional biography of Adolf Hitler Now that would have been evil A Hitler who wakes up in 21st Century Berlin and rails at graffiti and day time telly Yea that makes me smile but in the end so what No chance to confuse Adolf with Hitler A Hitler who relives NS Germany as I narrative Now that would be chilling Adolf would still be the fictional Hitler but no prizes for guessing that we would forget this over the course of 400 pagesWhat this book is perceived to beAnd yet even though for the most part a harmlessly amusing book I think so anyway Timur s intended satire still managed to polarise public opinion in Germany Mostly people were unsure whether Hitler represents an appropriate subject for political satire or not Leaving that aside I found it illustrative to read through some of the reviews readers published on and goodreads It appears to me that many who liked the book liked it for the right reason the idea that laughing along with Hitler is something that sticks in your throat something that makes you think about whether the historical Hitler would again receive adulation in modern day Germany and by extension in the societies of the 30 odd countries into whose languages the book was translated But still many positive reviews stay uite close to the actual book and ask themselves whether Hitler may have been a talk show host or would indeed be able to side with the Green party I wonder whether these thoughts do not in the end essentially miss the point And I think I am finding the point when I look at some of the negative reviews At least some readers are intensely emotional about the book to the point that they are advocating not to read it or even to suppress it Views are expressed that freedom of speech needs to find a natural restriction when such freedom might insult the sentiments of others This is a complex issue and I cannot do it The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia justice here but we need to remember that these views are directed against a specific example of free speech and not offered as a theoretical view And this finally delivered the chilling punch I had been missing so much in the book The lure of radical views is subtle Dictators tend to suppress freedom of speech for reasons that they genuinely believe in These reasons may feel twisted misinformed and cynical to those whose views are suppressed But it feels too easy to dismiss the Hitlers Stalins and Honeckers of this world as evil crazed psychopaths who live in a world apart from that inhabited by intelligent enlightened and life competent individuals The part inhabited by us The truth may be much subtle and it is likely to be uncomfortable In an attempt to make sure that it never happens again we may be inclined to suppress freedom of speech in order to protect the innocent But it is not by suppression of ideas seen as potentially harmful that freedom is protected Freedom is protected if members of a society embed the chorus of their voices in democracies governed by the rule of law Doing so will dilute the impact of any one view and yet allow each one to be heardAnd looking at some of the views expressed in the wider debate about this book I wonder whether a threat to the open society may not come from those wishing to protect it as much as from those sworn to destroy it Had Timur been able to deliver this disturbing thought in a masterful satire I would have given it 5 starsBut he didn t and so I didn t This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 30 Unported License

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REVIEW ¿ Er ist wieder da Zomer 2011 Adolf Hitler wordt wakker op een verlaten veld in Berlijn Zonder oorlog zonder partij zonder Eva Hij dwaalt rond in een volstrekt onherkenbare stad en al wie hij aanspreekt denkt dat hij een hilarische sarcastische imitator is In die hoedanigheid wordt. 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 example about how protecting the German homeland environment 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 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 my experience 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 the emotion the reader experiences is the kind of cringe that The Office British version evoked so relentlesslyAlthough I enjoyed reading the novel for my own purposes to exercise 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 everyone would agree with me but as an American I think the Germans especially 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 ends on an eerie 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 Happy Christmas Hammy the Wonder Hamster joke but not a good one is a little thrilling Not everyone would agree with me but as an American I think the Germans especially 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 ends on an eerie 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