“What irritates me most of all about these morning people is their horribly good temper, as if they have been up for three hours and already conquered France.”
Published in 2012, this German novel begins with a 56 year old Adolf Hitler finding himself in 2011 Berlin, somehow having time-travelled from his bunker in 1945. People take him as a brilliant Hitler imitator, daring and completely devoted to his art and give him a chance on TV. Written in a first person Hitler perspective, this is far funnier than you might ever expect – a satire on modern day Germany, and Western culture at large.
The true terror of this comic novel lies in the likeability of its protagonist. If you’re not careful you may find yourself rooting for the Führer as he struggles to save Germany from the horrors of democracy. A prescient novel several years ahead of its time.