HHhH HHhH Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich or Himmler s brain is called Heydrich The most dangerous man in Hitler s cabinet Reinhard Heydrich was known as the Butcher of Prague He was feared by all and loa

  • Title: HHhH
  • Author: Laurent Binet Sam Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780374169916
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • HHhH Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich , or Himmler s brain is called Heydrich The most dangerous man in Hitler s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the Butcher of Prague He was feared by all and loathed by most With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret sHHhH Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich , or Himmler s brain is called Heydrich The most dangerous man in Hitler s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the Butcher of Prague He was feared by all and loathed by most With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History.Who were these men, arguably two of the most discreet heroes of the twentieth century In Laurent Binet s captivating debut novel, we follow Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubi from their dramatic escape of Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia to England from their recruitment to their harrowing parachute drop into a war zone, from their stealth attack on Heydrich s car to their own brutal death in the basement of a Prague church.A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet s remarkable imagination, HHhH an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history.HHhH is one of The New York Times Notable Books of 2012.

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    1. ”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.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 Bi [...]

    2. 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 mea [...]

    3. 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 th [...]

    4. 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, grow [...]

    5. 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 Vyšehradska street and Trojička 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 [...]

    6. 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 Γ΄Ράιχ - του ξανθού κτήνους, του Χασάπη της Πράγας, του Ράινχαρντ Χάιντριχ, [...]

    7. 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-et [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. First, I wrestled with a considerable amount of guilt for reading this in English. I could 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, the i [...]

    12. 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. Περ [...]

    13. Αν χωρίζετε την βιβλιοθήκη σας σε λογοτεχνία κ μη, καλή τύχη με την ταξινόμηση αυτού του καθηλωτικού βιβλίου που έγραψε ο Binet για μια απ'τις πιο σημαντικές πράξεις αντίστασης ενάντια στο Γ'Ράιχ. Ο νεαρός Γάλλος έχει γράψει ένα πολύ πρωτότυπο βιβλίο ιστορίας που φλερτάρει με [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. “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 [...]

    16. 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."

    17. 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 g [...]

    18. 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 origina [...]

    19. 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 - [...]

    20. In part this is a bit like the literary equivalent of one of those documentaries about the making of a famous film. On the one hand, the author tells the story of the assassination of Himmler’s right-hand man, Reinhard Heydrich and tells it compellingly well. It’s a fascinating story of an assassination that was botched but nevertheless eventually successful. We learn much about Heydrich and also about his two Czech assassins who were trained in the UK specifically to carry out the assassina [...]

    21. “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 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 po [...]

    22. EDITΈνα 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' Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου στην Πραγα μεσω μιας καλής και απλής γραφής, χωρίς να κουράζει και να [...]

    23. 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 Holoca [...]

    24. Termino este tour de force com lágrimas no rosto. Uma homenagem incrível (!!) aos pára-quedistas heróis, responsáveis pela morte da "besta loira", Heydrich."emo de culpa pensando nas centenas, nos milhares daqueles que deixei morrer no anonimato, mas quero acreditar que as pessoas existem mesmo que não se fale delas."

    25. Με μια μυθιστορηματική αφήγηση που ενέχει και το συνεχές ρητορικό ερώτημα του πώς περιγράφουμε την ιστορία και σε ποιες ακριβώς ελευθερίες έχει δικαίωμα ο συγγραφέας ώστε να την αποδώσει πιστά μεν αλλά και καλά δε, καταφέρνει ο Μπινέ να κάνει τον αναγνώστη να συμμετέχει π [...]

    26. Haja livros como este para aquecer a alma de quem gosta de ler sobre a segunda guerra mundial e de autores que não se limitam a contar uma história real ajustando pequenos pormenores que dêem jeito para a narração. Binet faz aqui o que nunca tinha visto. Adoro narradores que conversam com o leitor, mas aqui o autor e o narrador são a mesma pessoa, e ele conta o processo de investigação e de escrita. É como se o leitor estivesse a acompanhar em tempo real a história que sai da cabeça d [...]

    27. 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 odbo [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. 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 γνώ [...]

    30. I usually find it annoying when famous historical people show up in fiction, but when the person (Reinhard Heydrich, 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich") and the event (his assassination in 1942) are largely unfamiliar to me, a fictionalized account is the last thing I want to read. I like my facts and my history straight up, thank you very much. Bailed less than 10% of the way in.

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