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Publisher Comments:

A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Financial Times Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

HHhH: “Himmler's Hirn heisst Heydrich,” or “Himmler's brain is called Heydrich.” The most lethal man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich seemed indestructible — until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of history.

In Laurent Binet's mesmerizing debut, we follow Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. A seamless blend of memory, actuality, and Binet's own remarkable imagination, HHhH is at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing — a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the debt we owe to history.

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HHhH blew me away....It's one of the best historical novels I've ever come across.” Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero

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"Unsurpassable....Told with elegance and grace....A magnificent book." Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

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“Brings a raw truth to an extraordinary act of resistance....A literary tour de force....A gripping novel that brings us closer to history as it really happened.” Alan Riding, The New York Times Book Review

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“Binet has threaded his novel with a contemporary story, which is the drama of the book's own making....The tone is clever, witty, casually postmodern....Captivating.” James Wood, The New Yorker

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HHhH is a startling novel....Who would expect a postmodern exploration of the limits of historical fiction to be a page-turner? But it is, absolutely....Fascinating.” Madeline Miller, NPR

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“Marvelous....Pulsing with life, lit by a wisp of dry humor, [and] fully imagined.” Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

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“[Binet] knows how to wrangle powerful moments from history.” Susannah Meadows, The New York Times

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“[HHhH is] quirky, clever...Binet makes a very perceptive and informed recording angel, one with an exceptionally clear and unfussy prose style (rendered extremely well by the translator, Sam Taylor). It doesn't hurt that he has triple-A premium material, but Binet doesn't push too hard to give the events a meaning. He lets them be the tragedy that they are, and as such they're devastating.” Lev Grossman, Time.com

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“A breezily charming novel, with a thrilling story that also happens to be true, by a gifted young author....[Binet] marshals and deploys his materials with exceptional dramatic skill....By the time you reach the book's devastating finale, it's this discreet storytelling mastery...that leaves the deepest impression.” James Lasdun, The Guardian

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HHhH triumphs precisely because it not only delicately, and sometimes grippingly, depicts a major historical moment, but because it manages to depict the unique challenges of 21st-century remembrance.” Michael Lapointe, The Globe and Mail

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“[A] tour de force....Gripping....Binet demonstrates without a doubt that a self-aware, cerebral structure can be deployed in the service of a gripping historical read. [HHhH is] a perfect fusion of action and the avante-garde that deserves a place as a great WWII novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Binet gives readers a close-up look at the metamorphosis of documentary truth into literary art. It is an art that makes disturbingly real the cold cruelty of a Nazi titan intent on slaughtering innocent Jews and makes inspiringly luminous the courage of Josef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš, the men who kill him....Readers will recognize why this brilliant work won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman — and why an English translation was imperative!” Booklist (starred review)

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“[HHhH is a] soul-stirring work....The account of the assassination attempt and its nail-biting aftermath is brilliantly suspenseful....Binet deserves great kudos for retrieving this fateful, half-forgotten episode, spotlighting Nazi infamy, celebrating its resisters, and delivering the whole with panache.” Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Laurent Binet was born in Paris, France, in 1972. He is the author of La Vie professionnelle de Laurent B., a memoir of his experience teaching in secondary schools in Paris. In March 2010, his debut novel, HHhH, won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. Laurent Binet is a professor at the University of Paris III, where he lectures on French literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250033345
Author:
Binet, Laurent
Publisher:
Picador
Translator:
Taylor, Sam
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130723
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 336 pages Picador - English 9781250033345 Reviews:
"Review" by , HHhH blew me away....It's one of the best historical novels I've ever come across.”
"Review" by , "Unsurpassable....Told with elegance and grace....A magnificent book."
"Review" by , “Brings a raw truth to an extraordinary act of resistance....A literary tour de force....A gripping novel that brings us closer to history as it really happened.”
"Review" by , “Binet has threaded his novel with a contemporary story, which is the drama of the book's own making....The tone is clever, witty, casually postmodern....Captivating.”
"Review" by , HHhH is a startling novel....Who would expect a postmodern exploration of the limits of historical fiction to be a page-turner? But it is, absolutely....Fascinating.”
"Review" by , “Marvelous....Pulsing with life, lit by a wisp of dry humor, [and] fully imagined.”
"Review" by , “[Binet] knows how to wrangle powerful moments from history.”
"Review" by , “[HHhH is] quirky, clever...Binet makes a very perceptive and informed recording angel, one with an exceptionally clear and unfussy prose style (rendered extremely well by the translator, Sam Taylor). It doesn't hurt that he has triple-A premium material, but Binet doesn't push too hard to give the events a meaning. He lets them be the tragedy that they are, and as such they're devastating.”
"Review" by , “A breezily charming novel, with a thrilling story that also happens to be true, by a gifted young author....[Binet] marshals and deploys his materials with exceptional dramatic skill....By the time you reach the book's devastating finale, it's this discreet storytelling mastery...that leaves the deepest impression.”
"Review" by , HHhH triumphs precisely because it not only delicately, and sometimes grippingly, depicts a major historical moment, but because it manages to depict the unique challenges of 21st-century remembrance.”
"Review" by , “[A] tour de force....Gripping....Binet demonstrates without a doubt that a self-aware, cerebral structure can be deployed in the service of a gripping historical read. [HHhH is] a perfect fusion of action and the avante-garde that deserves a place as a great WWII novel.”
"Review" by , "Binet gives readers a close-up look at the metamorphosis of documentary truth into literary art. It is an art that makes disturbingly real the cold cruelty of a Nazi titan intent on slaughtering innocent Jews and makes inspiringly luminous the courage of Josef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš, the men who kill him....Readers will recognize why this brilliant work won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman — and why an English translation was imperative!”
"Review" by , “[HHhH is a] soul-stirring work....The account of the assassination attempt and its nail-biting aftermath is brilliantly suspenseful....Binet deserves great kudos for retrieving this fateful, half-forgotten episode, spotlighting Nazi infamy, celebrating its resisters, and delivering the whole with panache.”
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