“HHhH” by Laurent Binet—-“Himmler’s Brain is Called Heydrich”

Binet, Laurent. “HHhH”, (translated by Sam Taylor), Picador, 2017.

“Himmler’s Brain is Called Heydrich”

Amos Lassen

HHhH: “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.” The most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet and he seems to be indestructible. So it was until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of History.

We follow Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubisfrom their escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in this blend of truth, memory, and author Laurent Binet’s own imagination. “HHhH” is a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the debt we owe to history.

This is a novel that brings us closer to history as it actually happened. This is one to be on the lookout for.

 

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