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- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,700,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hhhh MP3 CD – 13 Aug 2012
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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.
An astonishing, unforgettable novel: a thrilling Second World War assassination plot told with rare literary brilliance. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Nonetheless an episode of history hardly credible that such a monstous philosophy could have swept
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a novel about writing a novel about an utterly gripping event during the second world war. The unvarnished facts tell a brilliant story, for which the author really can't... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Bookworm
Binet tells the relatively well-known story of the assassination attempt on Heydrich quite brilliantly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ripple
I imagine the recent film, 'Anthropoid' will inspire some new interest in this book. In my case it did, and I very much enjoyed it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hilary.Cooper1
I cannot really express fully how much I loved this book. It's well written and incredibly well researched, Laurent Binet has done an excellent job. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by I. Barbe-Brown
Gripping, plausible, imaginative reconstruction that retells a good story in a fresh, original manner that hold the attention from start to finish.Published 5 months ago by guthrum
A very interesting book well worth reading if you don't know the story!Published 5 months ago by Ladyg