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Request PDF on ResearchGate | A Humorous Hitler? Changes in German Identity in Timur Vermes's Er ist wieder da () | Timur Vermes' bestselling first . Request PDF on ResearchGate | On May 3, , Michael Hutchins and others "Er ist wieder immer noch da: A Humorous Hitler and Changing German Identities" Changes in German Identity in Timur Vermes's Er ist wieder da ( ). Timur Vermes, a German ghostwriter, penned a nationally best-selling of Vermes' literary debut, Look Who's Back (Er ist wieder da), next week.
It was breathtaking for the audience.
Is it allowed to joke about Hitler? Now, it is less shocking. After the war, it was possible to laugh about Hitler too — there was a comic play called I was Hitler's Moustache. But attitudes changed: It was an important step because there was Auschwitz in German living rooms from the point of view of the victims.
There are people, though, who say that the only acceptable humour has to be dangerous. It has to test sensibilities. Oliver Polak is a stand-up comedian who plays with fire.
In it, he calls out a series of names and gets the audience to shout back: Each time, the audience responds. Then he offers himself as the subject. The audience — in Germany, remember — shouts: Then he comes in with the punch, shouting back: The atmosphere is invariably electric. Sometimes people leave. Others accuse him of feeding anti-Semitism. For him, there can be no comfortable humour about Hitler.
He thinks the novel by Timur Vermes is exactly that kind of safe comedy which he dislikes. Germany, however, loves it. And it is coming soon to a bookshop near you in pretty well whatever language you speak. Culture Menu. Share on Facebook. Retrieved 25 May The Telegraph.
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Views Read Edit View history. Indeed, the joke on the novel's TV execs — who think Hitler is an actor being a clever satirist when in fact he is himself and deadly serious — seems at first also to be a joke on the novel itself, which rarely allows its antihero to be any more disturbing than an amiably provocative man of the people, a kind of Nigel Farage with added swastikas. Much is made of the TV boss cautioning her new star that "The Jews are no laughing matter" meaning don't joke about them , and Hitler heartily agreeing meaning they're a serious problem , but the occasional outbursts of antisemitic ranting in the narrative are carefully corralled set-dressing: And historical analogies with great moments in Nazi history, of which this Hitler is very fond, have become just a slightly naughty metaphorical currency.
Even WH Auden no doubt intended some comic effect when he spoke disapprovingly of the number of devout anti-fascists he knew who conducted their erotic lives as though they were invading Poland. But then it starts to look more likely that this very dilution of Hitler the virtuoso hater is meant deliberately, as another symptom of what the novel's fictional events diagnose — a widespread, wistful nostalgia for a strong leader who has clear ideas and bolsters national pride, a Hitler with the bad bits conveniently blurred by the passage of time.
In one of the novel's rare and brief forays outside German politics, Hitler makes admiring mention of Vladimir Putin, though he can't condone the Russian's habit of going shirtless while parascending or wrestling crocodiles to death.
Such an interpretation, though, does nothing for the novel's larger problem, which is that it is, frankly, a bit boring. The social and political observations can be charmingly silly, but the satire is always blandly obvious in its cartoonish targets. Media people are obsessed with ratings; modern politicians are opportunistic; people get falling-down drunk at Oktoberfest.
More seriously, very little actually happens for ages beyond a multitude of contrived conversations in which the party who isn't Adolf Hitler marvels at Hitler's ability to stay in character, while Hitler himself is, well, Hitler.