Monday, March 25, 2013


Originality. Readers who like discovering something new will delight in the structure and style of Laurent Binet’s debut novel, HHhH. The protagonist of the novel is the Nazi war criminal Reinhard Heydrich who was known as the “Butcher of Prague.” One structure in the novel represents historical fiction and relates the horror of what Heydrich did. Another structure is the author or narrator’s introspection about how to present the story in the novel. That second structure allows a reader to pause from the brutality. Binet’s originality delighted me as I read this novel, even though the violence and cruelty were often hard to read. This is historical fiction like nothing else I’ve read. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase HHhH from

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