HHhH  by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor

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September 2012, no. 344

HHhH  by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor

Harvill Secker, $32.95 pb, 257 pp, 9781846554803

HHhH  by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor

by
September 2012, no. 344

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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