HHhH - Laurent Binet
Released: 19/04/2012 Harvill SeckerThis debut novel was a prize-winning hit in Binet's native France, and arrives this side of the Channel in a new translation. An historical thriller, it has been praised for its originality despite standing in well-trod WW2 territory. We follow two assassins of Nazi secret service chief, Reinhard Heydrich through their spine-tingling preparations. All events depicted are true. For more information visit: http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/books/1846554799/laurent-binet/hhhh/ Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1846554799/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cultur00-21…
Financial Times“Clever, occasionally funny, a little bloodless, and self-regarding...” So this “infranovel”, at least ostensibly, is fastidious in its refusal to make anything up. Occasionally, Binet will write a scene and then haughtily disavow it, scolding himself that it simply didn’t happen that way...
Guardian“Certainly a thoroughly captivating performance...” Binet manages it all with beautiful lucidity, and by the time you reach the book's devastating finale, it's this discreet storytelling mastery, rather than the more grabby po-mo flourishes, that leaves the deepest impression...
The New York Times“A gripping novel that brings us closer to history...” By placing himself in the story, alongside Heydrich and his assassins, the narrator challenges the traditional way historical fiction is written....
The Spectator“It’s fresh, honest and exciting...” Binet reconstructs events with help from memoirs, photographs, movies, museum exhibits — and his own speculation...
Publishers Weekly“A tour-de-force debut...” Binet demonstrates without a doubt that a self aware, cerebral structure can be deployed in the service of a gripping historical read. A perfect fusion of action and the avante-garde...
The Telegraph“Resetting the path of the historical novel...” Laurent Binet’s brilliantly translated debut deconstructs the process of fiction writing in the face of the brute reality of facts...
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