Gripping, brave and utterly original, HHhH charts the 1942 Allied mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the dark mastermind of the Gestapo. A moving, unflinching story of bravery and betrayal, told with Binet’s characteristic linguistic agility and flair.
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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.
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 a moving and shattering work of fiction.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
[An] extraordinary true story... made still better by the way in which Laurent Binet weaves in his own exploits as researcher and detective to uncover the truth - Week
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
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
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