Timur Vermes

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Timur in 2015.

Timur Vermes (born 1967) is a German writer. Previously a ghostwriter,[1] his first novel Look Who's Back (Er ist wieder da), which has sold over a million copies in Germany, is a satire about Adolf Hitler and 21st-century Germany.[1] The English version, Look Who's Back, was translated by Jamie Bulloch and published by MacLehose Press in April 2014. The paperback was released in March 2015.

Early life[edit]

Timur Vermes was born in 1967 to a German mother and Hungarian father.[2]


Vermes was born in Nuremberg in 1967. His father fled from Hungary after the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After graduation, he studied history and politics in the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since then he has been a journalist for tabloids such as the Munich Abendzeitung and the Cologne Express among other newspapers. In 2007 he started to ghostwrite books, including a book by a so-called crime scene cleaner entitled What's Left Of Death.

In 2012 he published his debut novel, Er ist wieder da. In the satire he wrote a scenario in which Adolf Hitler in 2011 wakes up in Berlin and through various comedy television shows eventually re-enters politics. After presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the novel rose to number one on the Spiegel Bestseller List. The audiobook read by Christoph Maria Herbst also reached the top spot. Since September 2012, the book has sold over 700,000 copies (as of June 2013) and has been translated into 27 languages. In December 2013 it was announced that Vermes' bestseller was to be produced by Constantin Film as a movie, which was released in 2015. Vermes also wrote the script for the film.

Popular culture[edit]

Constantin Film bought the rights to make a movie based on the novel Er ist wieder da.[3]

The film was released on Netflix in April 2016 as Look Who's Back.


  1. ^ a b "Adolf Hitler novel tops German bestseller list but divides critics". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. ^ "New Books in German". Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 22 January 2014.

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