Laurent Binet: HHhH

Anna Heyward

 

HHhH
by Laurent Binet
Harvill Secker, $32.95 pb, 257 pp, 9781846554803

 

What we need from history is a sense of narrative. The masses of statistics, dates, artefacts, and voices are nonsensical without it. Laurent Binet’s HHhH, winner of the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman and the 2011 Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche, is a loving tribute to the Czech resistance, and to all who resisted the Nazification of Europe in the first few terrifying years of the 1940s.

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Published in September 2012 no. 344
Anna Heyward

Anna Heyward

Anna Heyward is an arts and politics journalist and an editor, living in the United States.

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