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The Hungry and the Fat

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529400533

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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


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.


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?


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


A great book: funny, wicked, tragic
Kester Schlenz, Stern
Bolder and funnier than Look Who's Back
Christoph Maria Herbst
Satirical, sharp, believable . . . Brilliant
Rick O'Shea, 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.
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
Sam Leith, Guardian
The first thing to say about Vermes' second novel is that Jamie Bulloch's translation is immaculate: tight, nuanced and waspish. The second striking thing about this novel is how very good it is . . . 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.
Alex Preston, Financial Times
An immensely enjoyable read
Daniel Hahn, Spectator
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
Becky Long, Irish Times
Vermes' very readable satire cuts close to the bone in its take on what continues to be the defining issue in German politics today.
Brangwen Jones, Sydney Morning Herald