New Bestseller: Novel About ... Hitler's Return
Germans apparently love it, and soon you can, too, dear English reader
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 11:22 AM CST
The cover of the book is shown on Amazon.com   (Amazon.com)

(Newser) – Adolf Hitler doesn't seem like a hilarious subject, but a German writer did indeed write a comic novel about the Führer, and it's now a bestseller in the country. Er Ist Wieder Da ("He's Back") by Timur Vermes imagines Hitler waking up in 2011 with no memory of the previous 66 years, AFP reports. The nearly 400-page tome has Hitler discovering jeans and cooking shows, being surprised by the fact that a woman is in charge, and trying to create an email address only to discover that his preferred "Hitler89," a reference to his date of birth, is already taken.

The book's version of Hitler, of course, soon becomes a reality television and YouTube star. Though some think the book is in poor taste, others see it as a political satire. The author's take: "We too often harbor the negative attitude of those who see Hitler only as a monster to make themselves feel better. I thought it was important to show how he would operate and how he would act in today's world." An English-language edition is planned. (Hitler is also the subject of a high-profile new work of art.)

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Barney_Vincelette
Jan 28, 2013 6:42 AM CST
I think the great wisdom of Mel Brooks in in order here. Maestro Brooks taught us that we should consider robbing the evil of the dignity they enjoy when they are identified as monsters. If you tell a typical Wall Street broker who worked with the banks to make millions of homeowners into street people how psychopathic he is, he will only gloat because not only does he have no conscience, he is so alien to anything human that he is proud to be evil. Like tobacco executives he will guffaw, "Morality and decency are for pussies." Instead, by reducing him to a buffoon for the world to ridicule and mock, you destroy his credibility more thoroughly than you can by complementing him on how vicious he is.
Chatsworth
Jan 26, 2013 4:30 PM CST
Hitler would never had gained power if not for the Brown Shirts and the SS and the German people who supported him.All those assholes who liked his Mein Kampf book have to share the blame.
ewd76
Jan 25, 2013 5:27 PM CST
I didn't think anyone was allowed to mention Hitler in Germany.