Binet, Laurent


A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

A Financial Times Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice


HHhH: «Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,» or «Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.» The most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich seemed indestructible―until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of history. In Laurent Binet’s mesmerizing debut, we follow Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. A seamless blend of memory, actuality, and Binet’s own remarkable imagination, HHhH is at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing―a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the debt we owe to history.

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