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HHhH: “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich”, or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”. The most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the “Butcher of Prague.” He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible—until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History.

Who were these men, arguably two of the most discreet heroes of the twentieth century? In Laurent Binet’s captivating debut novel, we follow Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England; from their recruitment to their harrowing parachute drop into a war zone, from their stealth attack on Heydrich’s car to their own brutal death in the basement of a Prague church.

A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet’s remarkable imagination, HHhH—an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history.

HHhH is one of the New York Times’ Notable Books of 2012.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captivating … [HHhH] has a vitality very different from that of most historical fiction.”

    New Yorker

  • “[Binet] knows how to wrangle powerful moments from history.”

    New York Times

  • “[HHhH] is as much a meditation on fictionalizing history—on factual truth versus a more expansive definition of truth, on the obligations and the agendas of writers—as it is a story about an assassination … Binet accomplishes something paradoxical. By clinging to the historical record and a very strict definition of truth, he transcends the barest facts and creates a work with its own heft and depth … [He] has produced the only essential piece of World War II fiction in years.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/13/2014

    " Added depth to my understanding of the horrors of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcia | 1/27/2014

    " One of the most absorbing, innovative novels I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tim | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed the style of mixing history and the author's explanation as he wrote, although I wish it had more of the author's thoughts at times, but the main plot took too long to get to and felt rushed. I wish he got to the assassination plot sooner and was able to flesh it out a little more, but I guess that was the point -- he had much more info about the Nazis when compared to the "protagonists." I found it a difficult novel to get through, but found some interesting new facts about that era that I hadn't known. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia | 1/19/2014

    " confusing, fascinating, bewildering, entertaining, funny "

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About the Author

Laurent Binet was born in Paris, France, in 1972. He is the author of La Vie professionnelle de Laurent B., a memoir of his experience teaching in secondary schools in Paris. In March 2010, his debut novel, HHhH, won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman.