By the author of LOOK WHO'S BACK, a radical and bold satire in inequitable times.
"Whizz-bang energy and gleeful imaginative savagery" Sam Leith, Guardian
"More than mere satire, it's a book that engages deeply" Alex Preston, Financial Times
"An immensely enjoyable read" Daniel Hahn, Spectator
"A caustic, clever satire with a powerful emotional core" Becky Long, Irish Times
"Satirical, sharp, believable . . . Brilliant" Rick O'Shea, RTE
REFUGEE CAMPS IN AFRICA ARE SWELLING
And Europe has closed its borders. The refugees have no future, no hope, and no money to pay the vast sums now demanded by people smugglers. The only thing they have is time.
AND THEN AN ANGEL ARRIVES FROM REALITY T.V.
When model and star presenter Nadeche Hackenbusch comes to film at the largest of the camps, one young refugee sees a unique opportunity: to organise a march to Europe, in full view of the media. Viewers are gripped as the vast convoy moves closer, but the far right in Germany is regrouping and the government is at a loss. Which country will halt the refugees in their tracks?
THE HUNGRY AND THE FAT
A devastating, close-to-the-knuckle satire about the haves and have-nots in our divided world by one of Europe's finest and most perceptive writers. Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch
Vermes' ingenuity keeps the pages turning . . . there are powerful insights into the lives and longings of refugees that make this more than mere satire. It's a book that engages deeply. - Financial Times
An immensely enjoyable read - Spectator
The prospect that nearly half a million people are going to show up at the German border becomes a real one. Can they be bought off? Sabotaged? Mowed down? Can a fence be built? Electrified? And how will all this play with the folks back home? The novel starts to acquire a deeply involving game-theoretical aspect . . . [W]ith whizz-bang energy and gleeful imaginative savagery. His achievement is to make this exodus, and the shaming hypocrisy of western reactions towards it, seem altogether plausible - Guardian
In Timur Vermes' hands, truth, reality and possibility become weapons in his fight against apathy and division. Translated with mouth-watering sharpness by Jamie Bulloch, this latest novel . . . is a caustic, clever satire with a powerful emotional core - Irish Times
Satirical, sharp, believable . . . Brilliant - RTE
An outlandish, take-no-prisoners satire that skewers timid politicians, greedy TV executives, and the general public's thirst for global meaning disguised as entertainment. Its plotting is crisp, fast-moving, and entertaining. - Bookmunch
A great book: funny, wicked, tragic - Stern
Bolder and funnier than Look Who's Back
The son of a German mother and a Hungarian father who fled the country in 1956, Timur Vermes was born in Nuremberg in 1967. He studied history and politics and went on to become a journalist. He has written for the Abendzeitung and the Cologne Express and worked for various magazines. He has ghostwritten several books since 2007. Look Who's Back has sold more than 250,000 copies in its English editions, and rights were sold to 35 territories.