Adolf Hitler wakes up from 1945 sleep to walk Berlin’s streets in 2011!
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A new novel about Adolph Hitler employing a provocative approach, satire and comedy, has become a bestseller in Germany.
The book 'Er Ist Wieder Da' (He's Back) written by Timur Vermes is a comic novel with a farcical plot: Hitler does not die in a bunker at the end of the Second World War, but falls asleep in 1945 and wakes up in the German capital in 2011 and begins to wander the streets of modern Berlin.
According to ABC News, the novel has soared to the top of bestseller lists selling more than 250,000 copies and 75,000 audio books.
There are also reports in the German press that the book is set to be published in English.
Despite its comic theme and dreaded protagonist the book is a hit with a German audience that has long wrestled with Hitler's legacy, the report said.
Some literary critics have lauded the book for taking a unique approach to historical story-telling. But a few haven't been as charitable, the report added.
Stefan Schmitz, a writer for Germany's Stern magazine, called the book 'cynical, incendiary and the latest output of a Hitler marketing machine that breaks every taboo to sell books and make money'.
The book's author, a former journalist, has dismissed criticism of the book and said he wanted to utilize a comic theme to portray an authentic Hitler, the report added.