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HHhH is G- great
, April 25, 2012
This review is from: HHhH: A Novel (Hardcover)
HHhH by Laurent Binet is many things: a history of the Third Reich's eastwards expansion, a novel about the successful plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the Butcher of Prague, and a critique of the art of writing historical fiction. In a quirky but endearing style, Binet develops the story of Heydrich and the story of the plot to kill him. Authors of similar works are prey to Binet's commentary on their failures as writers and as historians. Yet, through it all, Binet in HHhH compels you forward with his narrative as you become a sideline cheerleader for the two Czechoslovakian assassins.
HHhH (which comes from the German meaning Himmler's brain is Heydrich) is not your average historical fiction. It does require the reader to accept Binet as his guide through the story and, with it, to take whatever diversions Binet wishes you to take. However, historical fiction, at its best, is a story and a story requires a strong voice to tell it. Binet, in this excellent translation, is a voice worth listening to and HHhH is a story that needs to be told. Sit back, strap yourself in, and be prepared for an excellent journey.
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