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'.
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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. Laurent Binet's highly anticipated new novel, The Seventh Function of Language, is available for pre-order now...
HHhH is Laurent Binet's first novel. He lives and works in France. HHhH won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman and the Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche.
"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 "Laurent Binet has given a new dimension to the non-fiction novel by weaving his writerly anxieties about the genre into the narrative, but his story is no less compelling for that, and the climax is unforgettable" -- David Lodge
Winner of Publishers Publicity Circle: Hardback Fiction Award 2013 (UK)
Short-listed for national Book Critics Circle Fiction Award 2013 (United States)
Short-listed for Bookseller Industry Awards: Publicity Campaign of the Year 2013 (UK)
Short-listed for IBW Book Award 2013 (UK)
Short-listed for Oxford Wiedenfeld Translation Prize 2013 (UK)
Long-listed for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013 (UK)
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