The GH Readers’ book choice for March is “HHhH” by Laurent Binet.
Reinhard Heydrich, “the Butcher of Prague” was assassinated by two Czechoslovakian partisans. Laurent Binet’s captivating debut novel, HHhH (Himmlers Hirn heiBt Heydrich, or Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich), follows the lives of Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš, the Slovak and the Czech responsible for his death. From their heroic escape from Nazi-occupied Prague to their recruitment by the British secret services; from their meticulous preparation and training to their harrowing parachute drop into a war zone; from their stealth attack on Heydrich’s car to their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church, Binet tells the compelling story of these two incredible men, rescuing their heroic acts from obscurity. The winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, Binet’s novel is a seemingly effortless blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Binet’s remarkable imagination. “HHhH” is a work at once thrilling and deeply engrossing – a historical novel and a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history.
The discussion will be on Thursday 14th March at 8:00 in the Village Hall.