An astonishing, unforgettable novel: a thrilling Second World War assassination plot told with rare literary brilliance.
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.
Paperback$26.99 RRPISBN: 9780099555643Published: 08/02/2013Imprint: VintageExtent: 336 pagesStock Level: HIGHPlease note: This information is intended for booksellers only and does not reflect the number of copies currently available in stores. If you are not a bookseller and wish to purchase this book, please contact your local bookstore, or click on the buy now button to find a good retailer.
Hardback$46.99 RRPISBN: 9781846554797Published: 18/05/2012Imprint: Harvill SeckerExtent: 336 pagesStock Level: Temporarily out of StockPlease note: This information is intended for booksellers only and does not reflect the number of copies currently available in stores. If you are not a bookseller and wish to purchase this book, please contact your local bookstore, or click on the buy now button to find a good retailer.
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"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
"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
"More than just a book [...] 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
"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
"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