HHhH

2 comments 5 stars

An astonishing, unforgettable novel: a thrilling Second World War assassination plot told with rare literary brilliance.

 
HHhH, Laurent Binet

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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    ISBN: 9780099555643
    Published: 08/02/2013
    Imprint: Vintage
    Extent: 336 pages
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"A suspenseful work of absolute originality" - Claude Lanzmann, director of SHOAH

"Vividly recreates the assassination of Heydrich and its consequences" - John Le Carré, Telegraph

"A genuine tour de force" - L'Humanite

"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

"A great success ... a terrifying story ... a breathless thriller" - La Provence

"Magnificent ... unsurpassable ... told with grace and elegance ... exerts a hypnotic sway over the reader ... something of a Greek tragedy and of the splendid thriller ... All the details have such persuasive force that they remain indelibly recorded in the memory of the reader" - Mario Vargas Llosa

"By the time I got to the last page of Binet's masterpiece, I had to close my eyes and rethink history. I'm rethinking it still" - Gary Shteyngart

"Laurent Binet has given a new dimension to the non-fiction novel by weaving his writerly anxieties about the genre into the narrative, but his story is no less compelling for that, and the climax is unforgettable" - David Lodge

"A genuine tour de force" - L'Humanite

"A great success ... a terrifying story ... a breathless thriller" - La Provence

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Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet lives and works in France. His first novel, HHhH won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman.