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  • 09 October 2018
  • 9782246760016

10 thoughts on “HHhH by Laurent Binet

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    ”This is what I think inventing a character in order to understand historical facts is like fabricating evidence Or rather in the words of my brother in law with whom I’ve discussed all this It’s like planting false proof at a

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    May 4th 1942 the Heydrich residence After filling their bellies with Venison steaks Heydrich Himmler and Goebbels are sat around the table playing cards Lina Heydrich brings in a tray on which sits a large bottle of brandy three glasses and a box of cigars 'Don't wait up for me Reinhard dear I am off to the theatre Have fun boys' Heydrich switches on the gramophone and Schubert is a feast on the ears the evening is in

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    Let me tell you a story A true story A story that you might know but only in passingThis story took place in World War – II To be exact it was a mission No not a mission Destiny rather of our heroes Amongst numerous missions that were carried out in the War this one should rank within the top 10 most important ones in my opinion And I have read about all the major onesSo let me tell you about this book Laurent Binet th

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    No it’s not invented What would be the point of inventing “ Nazism “ ? Laurent Binet’s novel HHhH is actually two stories in one Firstly it's an exciting thriller and suspenseful novel about the assassination of Protector of Bohemia and Moravia Himmler’s right hand or brain according to the title of the novel Reinhard Heydrich Novel is packed with well known names from Nazi high echelons in brief retrospectives Binet recaps event

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    REVIEW SHORT VERSIONThis is a hell of a story told very engagingly The last 50 pages are agonizing and heroic and you won

  6. says:

    One night while he was researching this book Laurent Binet dreamt he was writing the key chapter In the dream he begins with a descrip

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    I am addicted to reading about the history of WWII and I really wanted to like this book Binet's book however frustrated me The constant insertion of the author into the text and his continuous use of the word I was incredibly distracting Who was this book about precisely the author or Heydrich? The purported topic Heydrich was interesting the author's pathos? Not so much His short chapter format consisting of

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    Binet has written the world’s first and please God the last metafictional Nazi thriller As one who baulks at the WW2 novel how passé is “the war??”—been there done that babe Binet’s self commenting novel about a novel is a refreshing addition to the legions of prize winning tomes about lesser known Nazis and atrocities He

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    So what is this exactly? It has won awards for fiction and the author calls it a novel except when he says “If this were a novel ” The author intrudes is a character he is an author researching and writing about the May 27 1942 assassinati

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    Jan Book Club Read 45 Stars HHhH by Laurent Binet is a novel filled with historically correct facts and traces t

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HHhH by Laurent Binet

Centre de Prague HHhH est un acronyme inventé par les SS ui signifie en allemand le cerveau d’Himmler s’appelle Heydrich Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich L’essentiel de l’histoire se situe entre 1938 et 1942 Le récit est structuré comme un entonnoir des chapitres courts relatent différents épisodes en divers lieux et à diverses époues ui tous convergent vers Prague où s’est déroulé l’attentat Tous les personnages de. No it s not invented What would be the point of inventing Nazism Laurent Binet s novel HHhH is actually two stories in one Firstly it s an exciting thriller and suspenseful novel about the assassination of Protector of Bohemia and Moravia Himmler s right hand or brain according to the title of the novel Reinhard Heydrich Novel is packed with well known names from Nazi high echelons in brief retrospectives Binet recaps events which led to Hitler s accession to power growth of anti Semitism birth of the idea of Final Solution and bringing it to existence to assassination on Heydrich and it devastatingly disastrous aftermath While I knew most of these facts oddly the names of assassins were alien to me Jan Kubi and Jozef Gab k Czech and Slovak what I find not only touching and symbolic but also important as a sign of solidarity and attempt to overcome longtime animosity between these two nations Secondly HHhH is a novel about writing a novel about the tribulations of the writer chasing his youthful dream when he first heard about the attack on the Butcher of Prague It s about collecting materials visiting sites picking up memorabilia anecdotes digging in archives and libraries about people he met in the course of that search This is a thing about the torments of creation and writing process of filling the gaps there where reliable sources don t exist of frustrating and confusing facts there were three different people called Moravec but one what a relief Moravek of obsessive delving into details was Heydrich s Mercedes dark green or was it black This kind of narrative that jumping from Nazi Germany to the present day to describe the personal struggles with still expanding material some readers found as it biggest weakness the kind of crack the author s attempt to establish himself as an eual protagonist of described events But I do not think soI thought it was brilliant Thanks to it the novel gained personal intimate character And a new perspective Binet did not write a history textbook right and therefore could afford for a lot of personal emotional sallies towards politicians When he describes appeasement policy and The Munich Agreement cowardice of the French minister Daladier or lack of moral backbone and blindness of Chamberlain when he calls them vile we do feel his anger and contempt It is hard to blame him for that right Was turning a blind eye to subseuent reuests of Hitler sacrificing another countries the Anschluss of Austria Sudetenland the establishment of the province of Slovakia with puppet government leaving the Czech and then Polish to themselves supposed to save the world from the next conflict Satisfy Hitler s appetite Binet is not the subtle one in his accusations when he senses shit he doesn t pretend it smells like perfume Let the history prove who was right and who was wrong judge the guilty but he the author has the last word He is neither historian nor diplomat and while trying to remain faithful to historic events he allows himself to be snarky And unsure And in awe To me strength and innovation of that novel lies just in its structure and the duality of the narrative Two complementary and interrelated parallel threads record of historical facts mixed with author s reflections on writing historical book And it perfectly worked here Not only brought to life people and places but also allowed Binet to show his admiration feel the compassion yell out his wrath And save all these brave people from oblivion Here ends my proper review but I wanted yet to share this anecdote with you Mariusz Szczygie Polish journalist and avid admirer of Czech people their country and culture author of collections of great reportages about our south neighbors Gottland Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia Make Yourself a Paradise had once conversation about heroism with Czech taxi driver It went or less like that TD You Poles probably despise us a bit MSz I for sure do not sir The Czech Resistance killed Hitler s favourite Heydrich It is certainly the heroism TD But what is the claim to fame Heydrich traveled in an unarmoured open top vehicle so it was easier to hit himMsz But you got him TD That s an overstatement He drove without any escort and the route was not guarded by any patrolsMSz But he did not survive TD Just because he himself eased that task As the first assassin tried to shoot him Heydrich instead of running gave the order to stop the car MSz But still you killed himTD But it is not so certain the gun of the first assassin misfired and the second one had to throw grenade toward the carMSz Well and thanks to it you slew the right hand of HitlerTD There s no need to exaggeration Heydrich did not even defend himself He jumped out of the car and wanted to shoot but it turned out that in his gun was not the magazineMSz But you managed to kill him TD Why no He died a week later in hospital From sepsisAnd on that Szczygie could only state that it is not an easy thing to make a heroic act in the Czech Republic I love that anecdote because it speaks something not only about our neighbors but also about Polish When we are whole pathos and ethos Czechs love absurd and dark humour And nation which can laugh at themselves will never lose

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Ce livre ont réellement existé ou existent encore L’auteur a rapporté les faits le plus fidèlement possible mais a dû résister à la tentation de romancer Comment raconter l’Histoire Cette uestion conduit parfois l’auteur à se mettre en scène pour rendre compte de ses conditions d’écriture de ses recherches de ses hésitations La vérité historiue se révèle à la fois une obsession névrotiue et une uête sans fin. I am addicted to reading about the history of WWII and I really wanted to like this book Binet s book however frustrated me The constant insertion of the author into the text and his continuous use of the word I was incredibly distracting Who was this book about precisely the author or Heydrich The purported topic Heydrich was interesting the author s pathos Not so much His short chapter format consisting of 257 chapters some of which were only a few sentences long resulted in a choppy stilted flow His constant debunking of historical novels and their fictionalized aspects gets a bit tired but I found his statement that I am struck all the same by the fact that in every case fiction wins out over history provocative But I also was then confused by his many discussions of Hollywood movies about the era and his continuous insertion of fictionalized vignettes that he explained were to serve as examples of how he wasn t fictionalizing One senses he is really fascinated with historical fictionalized accounts but thinks he is doing something far superior I think he may not have achieved this goalHe is an interesting intelligent man and this should have been a better book If you want a recommendation for a riveting read on the era try Endgame 1945 The Missing Final Chapter of World War II by David Stafford

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Deux parachutistes tchécoslovaues envoyés par Londres sont chargés d’assassiner Reinhard Heydrich chef de la Gestapo chef des services secrets nazis planificateur de la solution finale protecteur de Bohème Moravie surnommé le bourreau la bête blonde l’homme le plus dangereux du IIIe Reich Après des mois de préparation il est finalement abattu dans sa Mercedes Il s’ensuit une folle traue ui se termine dans une église du. Let me tell you a story A true story A story that you might know but only in passingThis story took place in World War II To be exact it was a mission No not a mission Destiny rather of our heroes Amongst numerous missions that were carried out in the War this one should rank within the top 10 most important ones in my opinion And I have read about all the major onesSo let me tell you about this book Laurent Binet the author has named it HHhHWhat does HHhH meanIt means thisYou definitely know the chicken farmer This is himMeet his brainReinhard Heydrich Founder of SDKnow about SDSD Sicherheitsdienst the security service within the SS The least known and the most sinister of all Nazi organizations Including the GestapoHe also invented the badge that had to be worn by Jews at all times Even if the Jews are eliminated from economic life the main problem remains We must kick the Jews out of Germany In the meantime he suggests we should make them wear some kind of sign so they can be easily recognized A uniform shouts G ring always fond of anything to do with clothing I was thinking of a badge actually Heydrich repliesHeydrich aka the most dangerous man in the Third Reich the Hangman of Prague the Butcher the Blond Beast the Man with the Iron Heart And oh the last name was given to Heydrich by him And this was Heydrich s assistantThe man that freed the Reich from around 6 million people of a particular race and many So now do you realize how dangerous Heydrich wasNoRead some So after the Chicken Farmer fainted on one occasion while attending one of the mass executions in which guns were used Heydrich designed a covert way to carry out the cleansing Gas Chambers Of course they were preceded by CO carbon monoxide gassing from truck exhausts in enclosed interiorsNow if you still have any doubt about Heydrich s shrewdness and cruelty Binet would convince you otherwise According to Laurent Binet Heydrich at the height of Reich s power stated to one of his minions that the war was lost So peace talks should be carried out with the AlliesYou don t think that is significant enoughRead alongAssume this scenario Third Reich is at its peak and seems invincible Most of the Europe has fallen USSR is falling UK is stranded USA is far away and busy dealing with the Japanese And if at this time Reich talks about peace what are you going to do as an Allied power Think about it 8 out of 10 times you are going to accept their terms And BOOM Heydrich saves the Third Reich Yes Hitler would have never dreamed about talking peace at the height of his power But just for the simple reason that he was a colossal idiot To our good fortune But had Heydrich lived long enough experts suggest that he might have tried to topple Hitler and become the Fuhrer himself Then peace talks and then 1000 years of rule of the Reich A world full of the purest of the pure human beingsBut you say that is just speculation eh Okay fair enough But let me tell you some facts about the Blonde BeastThe Wannsee Conference where on January 20 1942 in only a few hours Heydrich and his assistant Eichmann set down the methods of enforcing the Final Solution It is in Poland that Heydrich unveils his most devilish creation The Einsatzgruppen are special SS troops made up of SD and Gestapo members whose job is to clean up the zones occupied by the Wehrmacht Each unit is given a little booklet containing the necessary information in tiny characters on extrathin paper is a list of all those who must be liuidated as the country is occupied Not only Communists but also teachers writers journalists priests industrialists bankers civil servants merchants wealthy farmers everyone of any note Thousands of names are listed with their addresses and telephone numbers plus a list of known acuaintances in case these subversive elements attempt to take refuge with parents or friends Each name is accompanied by a physical description and sometimes even a photo Heydrich s information services have already achieved an impressive level of efficiencyThis was his information provider a particular ahem solutions provider companyEnough about the devilNow let me introduce you to our heroesGab k was a Slovak and Kubi was a CzechAnd their destiny would take them to PragueTheir missionOperation AnthropoidOperation Anthropoid Kill HeydrichNow before we get any further let me tell you how badass our heroes wereMeet another Nazi killer HimRightBut in our caseAnd I am being conservative about thisI compared these two with a fictional character on purpose Two reasons First It would be inappropriate to compare them with any real war heroes like them And Second It would be mighty difficult to find someone to compare them withAnyway let s move on Shall weSo while their country was under the Nazi Jackboot Jozef Gab k and Jan Kubi flew from the UK and parachuted into Czechoslovakia to assassinate Heydrich Time was short Apparently Charlie Ch umm Adolf Hitler had already made future plans for Heydrich to take over the cleansing of the French resistance Now heroes that they were they had to create some excitement for posterity and hence decided to kill the Blonde Beast on the last day that he was to leave for Berlin and then eventually for France Did they succeed in their mission That is not a spoiler really Google could tell you that in 005 seconds But the real story is much bigger than that Did they survive How If yes for how long Was there a real life traitor amongst their ranks What did the Nazis do How many Nazis did they eventually kill And what were the repercussions of their missionRead HHhH for thatLaurent Binet has used an uniue style to tell this story You almost feel that Binet is sitting right across you and telling you about the events that took place Or precisely he takes you to that particular place and then describes that event while it is in motion In short the book is so meta A non fiction book in case you might forget about thatAnd he freuently denies something he might have said in the previous chapter in the next one So an unreliable narrator in a history book There are 257 chapters in the whole book In a total of 400 odd pagesWhy you askBecause this is how some of his chapters look likeChapter 147 So to cut a long story short they jumped Fin du chapitre True some might not like the style in which this book is written But this is much than just a book This is an homage to the heroes who are almost unknown outside their own countriesRead about them