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Target Heydrich: Laurent Binet on 'HHhH'

Laurent Binet discusses the English translation of his new novel, 'HHhH'.

Chaired by Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL, SSEES)

French writer Laurent Binet will be in London to discuss HHhH, published in English translation at the beginning of May. The novel is an attempt to tell the real story of the two parachutists and their deadly confrontation with Heydrich. All the characters in HHhH (the acronym for the German phrase ‘Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich’) are real. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the preparations for the attack runs another story: how does a novelist writing about real people resist the temptation to make things up?

Winner of the 2010 Prix Goncourt du premier roman, HHhH is a story of heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. The discussion will raise the fraught questions of the relationship between history and imagination and the portrayal of both good and evil.


Laurent Binet | talks
Tim Beasley-Murray | talks


Date and Time:

6 June 2012 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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