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Laurent Binet's captivating debut novel follows the lives of Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš, the men responsible for the death of Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most feared men in Nazi Germany.

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HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible—until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service—killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History.

Who were these men, arguably two of the most discreet heroes of the twentieth century? In Laurent Binet's captivating debut novel, we follow Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England; from their recruitment to their harrowing parachute drop into a war zone, from their stealth attack on Heydrich's car to their own brutal death in the basement of a Prague church.

A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet's remarkable imagination, HHhH—an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history.

"This fluid translation by Taylor is a superb choice for lovers of historical literary works and even international thrillers. Most highly recommended." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"A perfect fusion of action and the avante-garde that deserves a place as a great WWII novel." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"[Listeners] will recognize why this brilliant work won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman---and why an English translation was imperative!" ---Booklist Starred Review

"The account of the assassination attempt and its nail-biting aftermath is brilliantly suspenseful. Binet deserves great kudos for retrieving this fateful, half-forgotten episode, spotlighting Nazi infamy, celebrating its resisters, and delivering the whole with panache." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"John Lee's clipped delivery is perfect." ---Library Journal Audio Review
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HHhH

Author Laurent Binet

Narrated by John Lee

Publication date Aug 13, 2012

Running time 11 hrs

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