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An autobiographical biography,
This review is from: HHhH (Paperback)
What annoyed me the most before reading this was that no one could tell me what type of book it was (novel/historical account etc). Having read it I can see why, and (like many other reviews here) can't pin down the genre, because there is nothing else like it.
The important thing is that no matter what the genre it is an amazing book. Original, gripping, meticulous in its historical accuracy (not one thing is made up apart from dialogues the author imagines where there are no accounts), it covers a fascinating topic that enhances and changes one's perspective of the Nazi regime. Binet's stream of consciousness is interesting and easy to read by its ability to drift into directionless meandering thoughts then suddenly being pulled back to the heart of the action in the 1930s and 40s Reich.
This book feels more like an interesting and memorable discussion that Binet is having with himself than a rigidly structured historical account of the Nazi's rise to power and Heydrich's role in that; more notepad than novel, you feel not only as if you've read the book but that you've written it with him.