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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; MP3 Una edition (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452659087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452659084
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
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HHhH is a highly original piece of work, at once charming, moving, and gripping (Martin Amis)

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)

Extraordinary first novel. a literary triumph. The book's final section, which recounts the assassination and subsequent manhunt in minute detail, is a masterpiece of tension, and its closing pages are extremely moving. Very few page-turners come as smart and original as this (The Times)

Mindblowing. obsessed with the past but gleaming with radical innovation, it's urgent and new and terrifying and beautiful and pretty and much the best thing that's happened in fiction for ages (Dazed and Confused)

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) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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An astonishing, unforgettable novel: a thrilling Second World War assassination plot told with rare literary brilliance. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Ann M on 26 April 2017
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The quick brown fox forces me to recommend this book with a minimum number of words and it is very annoying
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Clever set-up, great reading.
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"How many forgotten heroes sleep in history's great cemetery?... Memory is of no use to the remembered, only to those who remember. We build ourselves with memory"

This is a brilliant, devastating book, almost unbearable in parts, that tells the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, and the courage of the Czech Resistance. What makes it, however, stand out from so many other stories of valour and defiance against Nazi totalitarianism is Binet's self-conscious struggle with how to tell this story while maintaining a respect for history and the real people contained within it, without reducing them to fictional characters in a novel. His solution, partial as it may be as he himself admits, is to make this into a novel about an author wrestling to write the story we are reading. It's not so much that this is metafiction (his story, after all, is true) but a form of metahistory that succeeds in challenging how we think about historical narrative.

The book, then, probes the way we can only ever access `history' through stories: not just previous books, but oral testaments, eye witness accounts, even primary documents none of which are ever neutral or without an agenda, even an unconscious one. Binet - or, rather, his unnamed narrator - draws playful attention to the way in which all narratives are forced to make choices of what to put in, what to leave out, so that they are always contingent and, necessarily, incomplete. At the same time, he evinces an unease about how far a writer can imagine what `really' happened, before that imagining becomes an untruth, a betrayal of the real people whose lives become subsumed in, and subsidiary to, the novel.
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It is said that this is a book about evil Heydrich and a book about one of the most heroic missions in WWII . I do not think it is either. This is a book about mr Binet, a diary of his writing process, and occasional quotes by his, wise and clever, partners. I do understand that there is some value in it, there are indeed some beautifully written passages, but all together it is boring. I have found very interesting that mr. Binet is obviously very envious of another book, the absolute masterpiece The Kinldy Ones by Littell, and he manages to quote and trash it even in his own book. But while Littell's is Hell and you stay in it, with Binet's you stay in his apartment in Paris. How the prix Goncourt judges thought to prize both books it is beyond my understanding. HHhH is an interesting exercise, a good "under the umbrella at the beach" historical novel , The Kinldy Ones is the new War and Peace and surely out of reach for mr. Binet ' capacities.
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A very clever true story about the assassination of the architect of the Final Solution. It is as much about the art of writing and recreating history- the author endlessly debates with himself whether the Mercedes on the day of the shooting was black or dark green (given only black and white photos survive). He roams Prague trying to reconstruct the incident minute by minute. It's a work of true originality and genius.
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The assassination of Heydrich. One gets the full experience of living throughout in the WARSAW getto, a most terrible experience. But unsure about the telling of the story. The ending in the beleagured crypt lasted for 21 daysbut , food?., water?, and ammunition?
Nonetheless an episode of history hardly credible that such a monstous philosophy could have swept
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HHhH is the English translation (by Sam Taylor) of a novel named after the phrase `Himmler's brain is called Heydrich'. In it, we are given insight into the life, thoughts and actions of Reinhard Heydrich, set against the story's main event - the assassination of this Blond Beast, Butcher of Prague, the Hangman by one Czech and one Slovakian. Two ideologies united by a hatred of this evil executor of the Final Solution.

That is one side of the novel. The other is that of the path of the historical novelist. Rather than give us a straightforward, chronological and fictional, albeit accurate, account of Heydrich's life, in tandem with that of his assassins, Laurent Binet instead presents HHhH as an exercise in historical fiction. We can never overlook the input of the author, his intentions, his method, his purpose and even his failings. Throughout, Binet interjects to explain the reasons for his inclusion of a fact or opinion, his doubt over a verbal exchange between characters and his own very personal reasons for caring so much for Czechoslovakia.

In mostly very brief and to the point chapters, Binet takes us through Heydrich's cold, violent rise to power, his dealings with Hitler and Himmler and his eradication of all opposition, whether on political or religious grounds. A guest at a dinner party could well find himself face under foot in a cell within a matter of days. Alongside it all are little asides from our author, asking if it is reasonable to put words into the mouths of historically real characters.

But while Binet's unusual and fascinating narrative repeatedly makes the reader question the technique and aim of the historical fiction novelist, the horrific reality of Heydrich, the abysmal truth of his actions, holds up the value of such an exercise.
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