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HHhH : Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2009 (Debütroman) and Publishers Publicity Circle: Hardback Fiction Award 2013

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Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says 'Himmler's brain is called Heydrich', which in German spells HHhH.

HHhH is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is a moving and shattering work of fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099555646
  • 9780099555643
  • 8,985

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Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo.

This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Nazi secret services. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says ‘Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich’, which in German spells out HHhH.

All the characters in HHhH are real. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up?

‘HHhH blew me away. Binet’s style fuses it all together: a neutral journalistic honesty sustained with a fiction writer’s zeal and story-telling instincts. It’s one of the best historical novels I’ve ever come across’ Bret Easton Ellis

‘Brilliant’ Sunday Times

‘Thrilling’ Observer

‘Extraordinary’ The Times

‘Exciting’ Spectator

‘Utterly compelling and ruthlessly fascinating’ Irish Times
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"Utterly amazing ... likely to make you gasp, laugh and cry often within a few pages"
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"Vividly recreates the assassination of Heydrich and its consequences" -- John Le Carre * Telegraph * "Laurent Binet's HHhH is hard to categorise. All is can say is that it has the same gravity-defying balance of weight and light as early Milan Kundera" -- Janice Turner * The Times * "Utterly amazing ... likely to make you gasp, laugh and cry often within a few pages" * Savidge Reads * "HHhH is a highly original piece of work, at once charming, moving, and gripping" -- Martin Amis "HHhH blew me away. Binet's style fuses it all together: a neutral, journalistic honesty sustained with a fiction writer's zeal and story-telling instincts. It's one of the best historical novels I've ever come across." -- Brett Easton Ellis
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About Laurent Binet

HHhH is Laurent Binet's first novel. He lives and works in France. HHhH won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman and the Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche.
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