HHhH

  • Type: Books
  • By: Laurent Binet
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780374169916
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It’s everything historical fiction isn’t supposed to be, and that’s what makes it brilliant.

Nominally, HHhH is a WWII novel about the assassination of Heydrich, the architect of the Final Solution, by a pair of exiled Czechoslovakian operatives. In fact, it’s a sly, metafictional takedown of historical fiction as a genre. Binet narrates the book himself, breaking into the narrative at random intervals to announce that his girlfriend just left him, or that the previous riveting action sequence never really took place: he just made it up because the only book he could find on the subject was in German (which of course he doesn’t speak). It’s funny, exasperating, and smart. Once you read it you’ll never be able to look at a historical novel in the same way again.