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READER ↠ DOC HHhH By Laurent Binet ↠ 1942 Κατεχόμενη Τσεχοσλοβακία Δύο Τσεχοσλοβάκοι παρτιζάνοι σταλμένοι από το Λονδίνο πέφτουν με αλεξίπτωτο κοντά στην Πράγα Αποστολή τους να δολοφονήσουν τον πιο επικίνωτικό τρόπο την απόπειρα δολοφονίας του Χάιντριχ το HHhH συνθέτει μια πανοραμική εικόνα του Γ’ Ράιχ και της περιόδου του Β’ Παγκόσμιου πολέμου Μια συναρπαστική ιστορία απροσμέτρητου ηρωισμού και συντροφικότητας προδοσίας και εκδίκηση? So what is this exactly? It has won awards for fiction and the author calls it a novel except when he says “If this were a novel ” The author intrudes is a character he is an author researching and writing about the May 27 1942 assassination attempt by two Czechoslovakian parachutists against Reinhard Heydrich aka The Blond Beast the Acting Reich Protectorate the Hangman of Prague the most dangerous man in the Third Reich The title comes from another descriptor Himmlers Hirn heißt Heydrich Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich But first as a shrill voiced child he was nicknamed ‘the Goat’ At this point in his life it is still possible to mock him without risking death But it is during this delicate period of childhood that one learns resentmentThe author as character is obsessed inter alia with the accuracy of the smallest detail And so it reads as history Yet the historian here does not hide his rooting interest Each character not just Heydrich is checked off good guy bad guy good guy bad guy There is less said about the two would be assassins certainly not because the author likes them less than Heydrich; rather because there is just less written or known about them And the author means to be precise If this were a novel he says he could imagine scenes and conversations But sometimes one certain anecdote serves well as a counterpoise to the much copious depravity The two parachutists are about to board the plane that will take them back to their homeland and their murderous appointment when one of them the Slovak Gabčík stops and wants a word in private with the Colonel Well that’s it the Colonel thinks the young man is having second thoughts and will want to withdraw aborting the mission Gabčík begins “Colonel I’m very embarrassed to ask this ” Oh no But then this young man on an almost certain suicide mission says “I’ve left an unpaid bill for ten pounds at our restaurant Could you possibly pay it for me?” Enough to know isn’t it? Good guys The men in black spread out like spiders Except that they don’t climb the walls – only the echo of their footsteps does that ringing out and ricocheting off the high stone surfaces Bad guysSo after all does it matter if this is history or fiction or some hybrid historical fiction? The style is uniue but there are close cousins Flaubert’s Parrot by Barnes; Haussmann or the Distinction by La Farge Maybe even Tennozan by George Feifer And really maybe it’s the reading that makes a writing a novel a restaurant menu a fantasy football lineup even this review I’m about to end this typing in a hotel bar good service nice wood Two stools down she leans towards the bartender and says Gin Three letters and she still manages an accent No that’s not what happened What happened is that I read something brilliant no matter the genre It’s a moment in time And in this book we learn how men and women got there and how we’ve wandered since We learn above all that Truth matters There are no page numbers in my edition of this book But the chapters are numbered I think you should read all of chapter 147 So to make a long story short they jumped

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«δήμιο της Πράγας» τον αρχηγό των γερμανικών μυστικών υπηρεσιών το δεξί χέρι του Χάινριχ Χίμλερ Πρόκειται για την Επιχείρηση Ανθρωποειδές μία από τις πιο τολμηρές και ηρωικές απόπειρες του Β’ Παγκόσμιου πολέμου Περιγράφοντας με καθηλ One night while he was researching this book Laurent Binet dreamt he was writing the key chapter In the dream he begins with a description of a black Mercedes sliding through the streets of Prague like a racer snake slipping behind a building here emerging from a tunnel there but moving all the while towards the sharp bend between Vyšehradska street and Trojička street where two armed men await its arrivalThat same black Mercedes has a star role in the final version of the book too It shows up on one page disappears on another re emerges further on but note this it changes colour along the way from black to dark green Binet is very concerned with getting the facts right; the colour of the car that Himmler’s second in command Reinhard Heydrich was travelling in on the 27th of May 1942 matters It must not be described as black if there's any chance that it was really green The story of the blackgreen Mercedes summarises the dilemma that makes reading this book so interesting On the one hand Binet enjoys making the car slither through the streets of Prague like a viper He'd like to add lots of details to his scenario what Heydrich had for breakfast that morning what he was thinking about as he left his home what he said to his chauffeur as the car wound its way through the streets of the old city On the other hand Binet wants to deal only in facts the colour of the car and the exact time it reached the corner of Vyšehradska and Trojička He wants to leave his imaginings where they belong in the realm of fiction After all he points out who could make up the Nazis? Who could make up the 'final solution'?Nevertheless Binet reluctantly recognises that fictionalised history succeeds better with readers than fact based history writing He offers us entertaining commentary on the many novels about WWII he has read and the ones that focus on the Prague assasination attempt in particular He's both fascinated and horrified by the way authors have dramatized this episode in history His fascination encourages him to insert fictionalised passages into his own account passages that draw the reader right in so that we immediately forget everything he's already said about preferring to stick to the facts Then when we’re comfortably wallowing in the warm water of his imaginings he pulls the plug leaving us shivering and confused No it couldn't have been like that he says because since I wrote that I discovered this and this and anyway no one can truly say how it was any attempt to guess just becomes artificialSo why doesn't he delete such passages you might ask? If he feels it sounds artificial or if he's found new information surely he should rewrite the scene? But that’s exactly where this book differs from most other books Binet’s account is a process as much as a finished product and every part of the process is included He skillfully drives his narrative towards a satisfactory conclusion but he insists on taking us on a huge detour along the way a detour that includes the history of everything related to his journey and the many cul de sacs he encountered along the way And the marvellous thing is that all the detours all the accumulated journey notes only serve to frame perfectly the horrific background to the attempt on the life of Reinhard Heydrich Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia and originator of the 'final solution' by two intrepid Czech Resistence fighters Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík I wouldn’t want Binet to delete a single word

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HHhH By Laurent Bin1942 Κατεχόμενη Τσεχοσλοβακία Δύο Τσεχοσλοβάκοι παρτιζάνοι σταλμένοι από το Λονδίνο πέφτουν με αλεξίπτωτο κοντά στην Πράγα Αποστολή τους να δολοφονήσουν τον πιο επικίνδυνο άντρα του Γ’ Ράιχ τον Ράινχαρντ Χάιντριχ «το ξανθό κτήνος» τον ”This is what I think inventing a character in order to understand historical facts is like fabricating evidence Or rather in the words of my brother in law with whom I’ve discussed all this It’s like planting false proof at a crime scene where the floor is already strewn with incriminating evidence I don’t know how to describe him any other way except that he has a punchable faceThis is a book with a plot ensnared in the arduous process of conceiving a historical novel Laurent Binet is writing about the assassination of the Nazi Reinhard Heydrich and the men who killed him in Prague Binet shares with us the concerns he has with taking too many liberties with what is known truth and what are his reasonable speculations Was Heydrich riding in a forest green car or was it black? Does it matter? His girlfriend Natacha reads the chapters as he writes them She is involved in the process to call him to task whenever he breaks one of his own rules about writing historical fiction ”When she reaches the second sentence she exclaims ‘What do you mean “the blood rises to his cheeks and he feels his brain swell inside his skull”? You’re making it up’”He sheepishly deletes the line but then later in the day he puts it back in because every other line he tries to replace it with lacks precision Oscar Wilde has that famous uote regarding this exact predicament “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning and took out a comma In the afternoon I put it back again”Of course Binet doesn’t know exactly how Heydrich may have reacted to a piece of bad news but he does know that given what he has read about him than likely anger dark consuming anger is the only way that someone especially as disturbed and self absorbed as Heydrich could react He was picked on as a child He was called ‘the goat’ due to his appearance and his awkward sounding voice The anger against humanity could have begun there The uestion is did his childish tormentors create him or did they sense on some feral level that he was going to be the architect of something evil? No one could have guessed the magnitude of the holocaust that he was going to unleash He acuired many nicknames once he found his home in the Nazi party ”the Hangman the butcher the Blond Beast and this one given by Adolf Hitler himself the Man with the Iron heart”The Nazi party attracted the outcasts the angry the perverted and the brilliantly demented They were men who wanted to have power over people and dreamed up creative ways to hurt them but even among them Hitler had to look for a man cold and calloused enough to exterminate legions Reinhard Heydrich was the perfect man for the jobI want to return for a moment to Binet’s struggles with speculating about Heydrich’s physical reaction to a particular piece of bad news Nonfiction in many ways fails to tell the truth by the very process of stripping away all the elements that are not known We know that things are discussed but usually those dialogues are not recorded for posterity A good writer will read everything he can find on a historical person he plans to use in a novel She will read everything she can find about the period He will read letters and diaries to glean bits and pieces of information that will lend authenticity to his novel She will know the type of pen that was in the hand of a letter writer or the shapes of stains on the walls of a prison cell or the color of frilly underwear a mistress wore for her German lover When a writer has done this much research he knows instinctively although still subjectively how a historical figure will react to a situation Reasonably accurate dialogue can be written most assuredly better written than the original discussion The point of historical fiction is to make people come alive than what can be accomplished by staying strictly within the facts of what is known I do appreciate it when a fiction writer does not alter events known to be true Though even that I can forgive if they notate those deviations in the forward Was the car dark green or was it black?Reinhard Heydrich is a man ripe for assassination He is careless and freuently seen riding around Prague in a convertible car without bodyguards The people who know him despise him and the rest of the world would too if they knew what he was doing ”Heydrich is well aware that everyone considers him the most dangerous man in the Reich and it’s a source of vanity for him but he also knows that if all the Nazi dignitaries court him so insistently it is above all to try to weaken Himmler his boss Heydrich is an instrument for these men not yet a rival It’s true that in the devilish duo he forms with Himmler he is thought to be the brains ‘HHhH’ they say in the SS Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich’ but he is still only the right hand man the subordinate the number two”He is dangerous because he is ambition twined with ruthlessness Binet will introduce us to the assassins They are men from Czechoslovakia and Slovakia who are willing to risk their lives parachuting back into enemy territory to kill a man responsible for so much misery As he gets to know them he becomes attached to them He wants to save them He wants to write their life after their acts of heroism He could create a hidden door that will allow them to escape He could change the circumstances and give them a chance to fight their way clearbut then that would be breaking the rules Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš young men who proved too much for HeydrichI remember years ago H W Brands who freuently shows up on the History Channel was discussing the death of Lincoln He must have been researching him for his Ulysses S Grant biography but one of the things that he talked about that really stuck with me was that he found himself tearing up as he wrote about the assassination of Lincoln That event that he knew so well still inspired an emotional reaction in him that caught him by surprise As writers we would love to write a new ending but of course in the case of Lincoln he couldn’t have died at a better time to insure his legacy This book was a constant struggle to write Binet tries to adhere to his own self imposed rules He uestions everything he has written He wants to do it right His perspective outside of the novel shifts I can relate to that I uestion my life all the time Why do I do this? Why don’t I do that? Is what I write really worthwhile? Will someone see through the facade and ridicule me? Am I worthy of the subject? ”When I watch the news when I read the paper when I meet people when I hang out with friends and acuaintances when I see how each of us struggles as best we can through life’s absurd meanderings I think that the world is ridiculous moving and cruel The same is true of this book the story is cruel the protagonists are moving and I am ridiculous But I am in Prague”I am freuently ridiculousI want to close with one last uote from Binet about the responsibility that writers feel for those they leave in the shadows ”Worn out by my muddled efforts to salute these people I tremble with guilt at the thought of all those hundreds those thousands whom I have allowed to die in anonymity But I want to believe that people exist even if we don’t speak of them”Sometimes though a writer can pluck a person let’s say one who is buried in an unmarked grave with 33771 other Jews in Kiev and sheath him in flesh pump blood into his veins and free his tongue so he can tell a story left untold If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also have a Facebook blogger page at