August 21, 2017

HHhH by Laurent Binet

I picked up HHhH as part of a buy one get one half price at Waterstones. That was the first I’d heard of it – and it lives up to the impressive billing on it’s cover.

Laurent Binet is a Frenchman, writing a historical novel whilst exploring the art of writing an historical novel. It really is rather fascinating, reading the tale at the same time as his deliberations over how to write it and what to write in it. Even the structure of the book pushes boundaries – with no page numbers, or chapters – just numbered groups of paragraphs, sometimes only one paragraph other times 2-3 pages.

The novel itself is about the British / Czech plot to assasinate Heydrick – the author of the final solution. A really interesting dive into the Nazi regime and a surprisingly little discussed part of history.