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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. 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. 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 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 improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern, a moving and shattering work of fiction.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 144 x 220 x 32mm | 476g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846554799
  • 9781846554797
  • 202,991

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'HHhH is an astonishing book - absorbing, moving, for the agony and acuity with which its author engages the problem of making literary art from unbearable historical fact.' Wells Tower

'HHhH offers an experience all too rare in contemporary literature: the excitement of encountering something that feels genuinely new. Laurent Binet has thrown all the rules of authorial decorum out the window, and the result is a historical novel of the Czech resistance to the Nazis that is a playful, suspenseful delight.' John Wray
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'A suspenseful work of absolute originality.' Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah

'A great success ... a terrifying story ... a breathless thriller.' La Provence

'Laurent Binet not only tells a story, he shows the story itself being written. HHhH is a major novel, a feat of prowess, and a literary accomplishment.' La Vie Littéraire
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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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4 39% (8,055)
3 16% (3,320)
2 5% (993)
1 3% (558)
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