· HHhH ✓ Download by · Laurent Binet 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 assassination attempt by two Czechoslovakian parachutists against Reinhard Heydrich aka The Blond Beast, the Acting Reich Protectorate, the Hangman of Prague, the most dangerous man in the Third Reich The title comes from another descriptor Himmlers Hirn hei t Heydrich Himmler s brain is called Heydrich But first, as a shrill voiced child, he was nicknamed the Goat At this point in his life, it is still possible to mock him without risking death But it is during this delicate period of childhood that one learns resentment.
The author, as character, is obsessed, inter alia, with the accuracy of the smallest detail And so it re REVIEW SHORT VERSIONThis is a hell of a story, told very engagingly The last 50 pages are agonizing and heroic and you won t forget them Recommended.
REVIEW LONG VERSION A QUESTION OF DEFINITIONIf I waddled around in an elaborate penguin costume loudly proclaiming that I was a penguin while swallowing fish whole, it wouldn t make me a penguin Even if I got all my friends to violently nod their heads and point at me and say yes, he s a great old penguin, that one, sure he is Even if I took a plane to Antarctica and joined one of the vast throngs of penguins there, and you filmed me David Attenborough style, creeping up on me real close while I was looking after my egg which I got a friend to make for me before I came, looks pretty realistic, I still wouldn t be a penguin Whatever everybody the author, all the critics, and every last review says, this is not Deux Parachutistes Tch Coslovaques Envoy S Par Londres Sont Charg S D Assassiner Reinhard Heydrich, Chef De La Gestapo, Chef Des Services Secrets Nazis, Planificateur De La Solution Finale, Protecteur De Boh Me Moravie, Surnomm Le Bourreau , La B Te Blonde , L Homme Le Plus Dangereux Du IIIe Reich Apr S Des Mois De Pr Paration, Il Est Finalement Abattu Dans Sa Mercedes Il S Ensuit Une Folle Traque Qui Se Termine Dans Une Glise Du Centre De Prague HHhH Est Un Acronyme Invent Par Les SS Qui Signifie En Allemand Le Cerveau D Himmler S Appelle Heydrich Himmlers Hirn Heisst Heydrich L Essentiel De L Histoire Se Situe Entre Et Le R Cit Est Structur Comme Un Entonnoir Des Chapitres Courts Relatent Diff Rents Pisodes En Divers Lieux Et Diverses Poques, Qui Tous Convergent Vers Prague O S Est D Roul L Attentat Tous Les Personnages De Ce Livre Ont R Ellement Exist Ou Existent Encore L Auteur A Rapport Les Faits Le Plus Fid Lement Possible Mais A D R Sister La Tentation De Romancer Comment Raconter L Histoire Cette Question Conduit Parfois L Auteur Se Mettre En Sc Ne Pour Rendre Compte De Ses Conditions D Criture, De Ses Recherches, De Ses H Sitations La V Rit Historique Se R V Le La Fois Une Obsession N Vrotique Et Une Qu Te Sans Fin Laurent Binet A Ans Il Est N Paris Il A Effectu Son Service Militaire En Slovaquie Et A Partag Son Temps Entre Paris Et Prague Pendant Plusieurs Ann Es Agr G De Lettres, Il Est Professeur De Fran Ais En Seine Saint Denis Depuis Dix Ans Et Charg De Cours L Universit HHhH Est Son Premier Roman No, it s not invented What would be the point of inventing Nazism Laurent Binet s novelHHhHis 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 ofFinal Solutionand 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 impor To HHhH ,.
One night while he was researching this book, Laurent Binet dreamt he was writing the key chapter In the dream, he begins with a description of a black Mercedes sliding through the streets of Prague like a racer snake, slipping behind a building here, emerging from a tunnel there, but moving all the while towards the sharp bend between Vy ehradska street and Troji ka street where two armed men await its arrival.
That same black Mercedes has a star role in the final version of the book too It shows up on one page, disappears on another, re emerges further on but note this it changes colour along the way from black to dark green Binet is very concerned with getting the facts right the colour of the car that Himmler s second in command, Reinhard Heydrich, was travelling in on the 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 disc
Binet has written the world s first and please God the last metafictional Nazi thriller As one who baulks at the WW2 novel how pass 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 Heydrich is the topic a high ranking Nazi who could have been up there with Himmler and Goebbels on the mass murdering psychopaths whose names are forever etched into history as avatars of ideological evil stakes, but was assassinated by two Czech heroes Jan Kubi and Jozef Gab k during Operation Anthropoid Binet s novel is a compelling historical narrative, but what is refreshing in HHhH is his unashamed anger how many historians are tempted to insert bloody motherfucking murdering before the word Nazis as the 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 full swing Both Himmler and Goebbels are blind drunk within the hour and start to wind up Heydrich on his marital problems So, Reinhard, word is your old lady has been seeing the F hrer behind your back What is it, can t get it up laughter That s a damn lie I tell you how dare you smear my name HOW DARE YOU , Sometimes I struggle to perform in the bedroom, it s the stress of this bloody war , but me a
This 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 ones.
So, let me tell you about this book Laurent Binet, the author, has named it HHhH.
What does HHhH mean It means this.
You definitely know the chicken farmer This is him.
Meet his brain.
Reinhard Heydrich Founder of SD.
Know about SD SD Sicherheitsdienst, the security service within the SS The least known and the most sinister of all Nazi organizations Including the Gestapo.
He also invented the badge that had to be worn by Jews, at all timesEven if the Jews are eliminated from economic life, the main problem remains