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We are in Prague, in 1942. Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent by London plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich—head of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'.

Heydrich works for Hitler's most powerful henchman
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Picador (first published 2009)
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Manuel It is the book itself. The author constantly speaks to the reader. At the start that goes on for some chapters. I don't remember it being too long but…moreIt is the book itself. The author constantly speaks to the reader. At the start that goes on for some chapters. I don't remember it being too long but I've never listened to an audiobook so I don't have parameters of how much time it should take.(less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jul 10, 2012 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
”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 crime scene where the floor is already strewn with incriminating evidence.

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I don’t know how to describe him any other way except that he has a punchable face.

This is a book with a plot ensnared in the arduous process of conceiving a historical novel. Laurent Binet is
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Veeral
Let me tell you a story. A true story. A story that you might know, but only in passing.

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
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Agnieszka

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 , gro
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Cindy Knoke
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 cho
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MJ Nicholls
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. 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-his ...more
Hadrian
May 09, 2012 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is HHhH? Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich, or Himmler's brain is called Heydrich.

This acronym, as chilling as it was, was not the author's first choice - he would have preferred Operation Arthropoid, the name of the covert action which occupies the majority of the book. But it was rejected as sounding like a Robert Ludlum, when this is a more meditative and sardonic bit of historical fiction.



Of course history is not always so neat and clean as it is in thrillers. There are still missing piece
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Το Άσχημο
Είναι κάτι πολύ παραπάνω από ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα. Ζωντανεύει την διαδικασία της ιστορικής έρευνας και συνάμα αναδεικνύει όλες εκείνες τις σκοτεινές λεπτομέρειες που κρύβονται πίσω από τα σπουδαιότερα ιστορικά γεγονότα. Βαθιά φιλοσοφημένο, χωρίς ωστόσο να κουράζει. Περιμένω πολλά αυτόν τον συγγραφέα στο μέλλον.
Bettie☯


Description: We are in Prague, in 1942. Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent by London plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich—head of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'.

Heydrich works for Hitler's most powerful henchman, Heinrich Himmler, but in the SS they say 'HHhH': 'Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich'—Himmler's brain is called Hey
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sweet jane
Ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο. Ο συγγραφέας ταλαντεύεται ανάμεσα σε ένα ιστορικό γεγονός και στο πως να γράψει για αυτό. Είναι φλύαρο σε μερικά σημεία, αλλά παραμένει ευχάριστο ακόμα και σε αυτά.

Αν και σε γενικές γραμμές μου άρεσε και με έκανε να αναζητήσω περισσότερες ιστορικές πληροφορίες, τα τρία αστεράκια είναι νομίζω δίκαιη βαθμολογία συνολικά. Περίμενα περισσότερα, αλλά στο κάτω κάτω είναι το ντεμπούτο του συγγραφέα και δικαιολογούνται οι οποίες αδυναμίες. Δεν έχουμε παρά να περιμένουμε το συγγραφικό μ
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Panagiotis
Aug 22, 2015 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To HHhH, το οποίο χάνοντας την αυθεντική του ευγλωττία στα ελληνικά μεταφράζεται Ο Χαίντριχ είναι ο Εγκέφαλος του Χίμλερ, είναι ένα βιβλίο γύρω από την απόπειρα δολοφονίας ενός σημαντικού προσώπου του ΓΡάιχ - του ξανθού κτήνους, του Χασάπη της Πράγας, του Ράινχαρντ Χάιντριχ, αρχηγού των μυστικών υπηρεσιών των Ναζί. Του Χάιντριχ από τον φερώνυμο τίτλο φυσικά. Ο υποψιασμένος αναγνώστης θα ξέρει λογικά πως δεν είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα. Είναι δηλαδή ιστορικό βιβλίο; Τα πράματα μάλλον δεν είναι τόσο απλ ...more
Tfitoby
Jul 09, 2013 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tfitoby by: Daniel Juckes
Shelves: lit, translation
“This scene is not really useful, and on top of that I practically made it up. I don't think I'm going to keep it.”

No other quote from this wonderful piece of post-modern literature could quite as effectively capture the tone and style of the content. HHhH is two narratives in one, a piece of creative non-fiction telling the story of Operation Anthropoid - the plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - alongside which runs the journal of the Czech professor obsessed with commemorating the brave men
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Συγκλονιστικό. Καταφέρνει πολύ απλά και ζωντανεύει την ιστορία. Διαβάζεται χωρίς ανάσα. Θα μπορούσε άνετα να διδάσκεται στα σχολεία.

"Η Ιστορία είναι η μόνη μοίρα που υπάρχει: μπορείς να την ξαναδιαβάσεις και να την ερμηνεύσεις όπως θες, μα δεν μπορείς να την ξαναγράψεις."
Margaret
Sep 10, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Violet, in her review of The Quest for Corvo.
HHhH, what kind of title is that for a book? Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, the publishers of the 2012 fine English translation (by Sam Taylor) of Laurent Binet’s prize-winning French novel must have known they had a problem on their hands, so the book flap begins by explaining that HHhH is an acronym for a saying, which translated from German means “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.” Reinhard Heydrich, aka “The Butcher of Prague” was targeted for assassination by Czechoslovakia’s government in e ...more
Dergrossest
Jun 16, 2012 Dergrossest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had my fill of books about Nazis, but this clever little title was irresistible. And thank heaven it was since this story about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich is absolutely brilliant. It was sort of a travelogue-type history in the manner of Tony Horowitz, although most of the travel in this book is through the author’s mind as he ruminates on the nature of historical biographies in general, wrestles with self-doubt as to whether he is up to the task of writing something original ...more
Fiona
The fact that HHhH isn't quite the book I was expecting to read is entirely the fault of the back cover. The last paragraph of the blurb reads:
All the characters in HHhH existed then or still exist now. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerve-shredding story of the preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up?

If you have the Postmodern Klaxon going off in your head, you're not alone -
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Darwin8u
Jan 28, 2013 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
“Memory is of no use to the remembered, only to those who remember. We build ourselves with memory and console ourselves with memory.”
― Laurent Binet, HHhH

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An interesting narrative about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. The title comes from the SS phrase: "Himlers Hirn heisst Heydrich" ("Himmler's brain is called Heydrich"). Instead of telling the story as a straight historical narrative, Laurent Binet weaves himself throughout the main narrative. It becomes in parts a contrived post-mod
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Elaine
Jan 26, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
First, I wrestled with a considerable amount of guilt for reading this in English. I could at have read this in French, but it would have been much longer and harder. I know enough about translation to be uncertain of how closely what I read resembled the original. But in the end, it was better to have read this than to have missed this because of my own stupid pride about works in translation. (This sort of personal interjection is actually rather influenced by the style of the book).

Second, th
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Sam Quixote
HHhH = Himmlers Hirn heist Heydrich, which in English means: Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.

This is the true story of one of the most evil men who ever lived, Reinhard Heydrich, and Operation Anthropoid (also the original title of the book), the successful plot to assassinate him by the heroic pair, Jan Kubis and Jozek Gabcik.

Heydrich was Head of the Gestapo and one of the most feared men in Hitler’s Third Reich. He was central to the Final Solution (the formal planning behind the Holocaust)
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Zaphirenia
Ένα οπωσδήποτε ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο, ειδικά δεδομένου ότι ειναι το πρώτο του Binet.

Θετικά: Μαθαίνεις πολλά για την ιστορία της δολοφονίας του Χαιντριχ αλλά και γενικότερα της εποχής του Β' Παγκόσμιου Πολέμου στην Πραγα μεσω μιας καλής και απλής γραφής, χωρίς να κουράζει και να φορτώνει τον αναγνώστη με πολλές λεπτομέρειες τις οποίες δεν πρόκειται να συγκρατήσει. Επομένως είναι καλό για μη "επαΐοντες" της ιστορίας και της περιόδου αυτής, όπως εγώ (που ήξερα ελάχιστα για την συγκεκριμένη περίοδο στην
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Vasso
Jan 25, 2016 Vasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon16, owned
Πραγματικά ακόμη και τώρα αμφιταλαντεύομαι για το αν τα 4 αστεράκια ανταποκρίνονται στην αίσθηση που μου άφησε το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο!
Και μόνο το γεγονός βέβαια ότι έχει καταφέρει να αποτελέσει το μήλο της έριδος για πολλούς βιβλιόφιλους, το κατατάσσει επάξια -κατά τη γνώμη μου πάντα- σε λίστα to read!
Αν περιμένετε ένα συνηθισμένο ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, σίγουρα θα σας απογοητεύσει. Αν ωστόσο οι εκπλήξεις είναι για σας καλοδεχούμενες, τότε μην καθυστερείτε την ανάγνωση του!
Μία ιστορία γραμμένη με
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Petr
Oct 23, 2010 Petr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knihu cizince zabývající se naší vlastí čte člověk jaksi jinak: citlivě reaguje na věcné chyby, pozorně sleduje dojmy a hodnocení, je předem maličko naježen. Jen si vezměte, kolik emocí vyvolal Szczygiełův Gottland. Binet se na rozdíl od kriticky uvažujícího Poláka Čechům asi zavděčí, vždyť Praha je podle něj nejkrásnější město světa a Gabčík s Kubišem „strůjci jednoho z největších odbojových činů lidských dějin a nesporně největšího odbojového činu druhé světové války“. Řeč je o atentátu na Hey ...more
Ludmilla
Jun 27, 2014 Ludmilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap en korkunç Nazilerden olan Heydrich'e düzenlenen suikast sürecini anlatıyor. Başlı başına heyecanlandırıcı bir unsur bu. Ama bunun yanında HHhH'yi II. Dünya Savaşı gerçeklerini kurgulaştıran tonla romandan farklılaştıran bir şey var: Anlatım tarzı.

Bu kitapta klasik betimlemelerden, karaktere atfedilen duygusallıklardan ya da göze hoş görünse de kulağa yapay gelen diyaloglardan bulamayacaksınız - bulsanız da yazar bir sonraki bölümde kendi kendini eleştirip ele verecek. Söylediklerim size s
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Lubinka Dimitrova
Although certain quirks of the writer's style annoyed me immensely, I can say in all honesty that I rather enjoyed the book (if one can "enjoy" a book with a subject like that). I could do without the personal remarks about the writing process and the author's struggles, and I didn't really appreciate the uber-short chapters, but all in all, in the end, strangely enough, I actually liked the final result, and I'll definitely be on the watch for more of Laurent Binet's work. He managed to give li ...more
Ioannis Anastasiadis
..Η απόπειρα δολοφονίας του 'ξανθού κτήνους' Ράινχαρντ Χάιντριχ, του εμπνευστή της 'Τελικής Λύσης' γ τους Εβραίους, λειτουργεί ως το πλαίσιο πάνω στο οποίο ο Laurent Binet θα ξετυλίξει μια από τις ένδοξες παραστάσεις της Τσέχικης κ Ευρωπαϊκής Αντίστασης ενάντια στην κτηνώδη κυριαρχία του Γ' Ράιχ ..μένοντας πιστός στην απόδοση της πραγματικής Ιστορίας (μέσω αμέτρητων πηγών) κ έχοντας μια αποστροφή γ μια ενδεχομένως λανθάνουσα μυθιστορηματική κατασκευή των δυο βασικών του ηρώων, ο Laurent Binet αν ...more
Diane S ☔
This was a very differently written type of historical fiction; a stream of consciousness novel where a narrator who happens to be writing a book about the assassination of Heydrich lets the reader in on all his thought processes, feelings, and personal life. In the beginning I found this fascinating as the narrator imparts many little known facts (at least by me) of Heydrich's early life and marriage, the forming of the Nazi party, Hitler, the Night of Long Knives and the forming of his securit ...more
Panagiotis
Oct 26, 2015 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το «HHhH» είναι ακρωνύμιο της φράσης: «Himler’s Hirn heist Heydrich» («Ο Χάιντριχ είναι ο εγκέφαλος του Χίμλερ»). Πόσο αντιεμπορικός τίτλος, γλωσσοδέτης. «Κατσίκι», «Γλυκούλης», «Χασάπης», «Ο Δήμιος της Πράγας», «Ο άνθρωπος με την σιδερένια καρδιά», «Το ξανθό κτήνος». Πόσα προσωνύμια για έναν άνθρωπο! Έναν άνθρωπο που υπήρξε ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα τέρατα που γέννησε η ανθρωπότητα. Δημιουργός της SD (Sicherheitsdienst), της τρομερότερης οργάνωσης του ναζισμού. Οργανωτής των Einsatzguppen (Τάγματα ...more
Dem
Jan 16, 2013 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jan Book Club Read. 4.5 Stars

HHhH by Laurent Binet is a novel filled with historically correct facts and traces the planning, execution and aftermath of Operation Anthropoid, the resistance’s successful plot to assassinate Heydrich in Prague. The two heroes of the novel are Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, two amazingly brave assassins, but the main character of this novel is the “Butcher of Prague “ Reinhard Heydrich”.
“All the characters in this book are real and all events depicted are true whic
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Natalie
Jan 31, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
...češki radnici su na krovu praške Opere kako bi s njega uklonili kip Mendelsshona, skladatelja, zato što je Židov. To im je naredio zaljubljenik u klasičnu glazbu, Heydrich novi protektor Češke i Moravske. Ondje se nalazi mnogo skulptura, a Heydrich nije naglasio koja od njih je Mendelsshon. A čini se da ga nitko od njemaca osim Heydricha ne zna prepoznati. Međutim, nitko se ne usuđuje Heydricha zbog tog uznemiravat. Kako traže Židova, njemački esesovac koji nadzire operaciju. odluči pokazati ...more
Lila Dimaki
Jan 12, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Απίστευτο βιβλίο.Αν και στην αρχή με ξένισε ο τρόπος γραφής του δεν μπορώ να μην το θεωρήσω αριστουργηματικό για δύο λόγους:1)είναι ένα βιβλίο που σου μαθαίνει ιστορία και 2)η συγκίνηση και η ένταση των τελευταίων σελίδων σε καθηλώνουν."Η ιστορία είναι η μόνη μοίρα που υπάρχει:μπορείς να την ξαναδιαβάσεις και να την ερμηνεύσεις όπως θες,μα δεν μπορείς να την ξαναγράψεις".
Menia
May 02, 2017 Menia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017, readathon-2017
readthon 17: 23/26 βιβλίο βασίζεται σε πραγματικά γεγονότα
3,5 αστεράκια
ιδιαίτερος τρόπος γραφής, αν και παρασυρόταν και έγραφε τα δικά του κατά σημεία ωστόσο έπλαθε ωραία τις εικόνες του και οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι τη ζεις την ιστορία.
οι θηριωδίες του γ' ράιχ φρικιαστικές δυστυχώς, αλλά το χειρότερο είναι ότι οι άνθρωποι και ιδίως αυτοί στην εξουσία δε θυμούνται; δε μαθαίνουν; δε νοιάζονται;
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Son of an historian, he was born in Paris, graduated from University of Paris in literature, and taught literature in Parisian suburb and eventually at University. He was awarded the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman for his first novel, HHhH.


Laurent Binet est né à Paris. Il a effectué son service militaire en Slovaquie et a partagé son temps entre Paris et Prague pendant plusieurs années. Agrég
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