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6 Jun 2012 18:30

Target Heydrich: Laurent Binet's HHHH

French writer Laurent Binet will be in London to discuss his HHhH, published in English translation at the beginning of May. The novel is an attempt to tell the real story of the two parachutists, Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, and their deadly confrontation with Heydrich. Binet will be in conversation with Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL SSEES). Admission is free but places must be reserved. Please email the Library on info@wienerlibrary.co.uk or call on 020 7636 7247 to book your place. This is the final event in a series commemorating the 70th anniversary of Operation Anthropoid which was organised in conjunction with the Czech Centre.

May 1942.  The storm of war rages over Europe. Czechoslovakia languishes in the dark night of dismemberment and German occupation.  But, in London, a plan has been hatched: Operation Anthropoid.  Two men, the Czechoslovak parachutists, Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, fall silently from the Bohemian night sky. Their destination, by train and by bicycle: Prague.  Their weapons:  sten guns, grenades, and their sheer audacity.  Their target: Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, Himmler’s right-hand man, the ‘most dangerous man in the Third Reich’, the ‘butcher of Prague’, Reinhard Heydrich.  The consequences of their actions will be shattering.

'HHhH blew me away. Binet’s style fuses it all together: a neutral, journalistic honesty sustained with a fiction writer’s zeal and story-telling instincts. It’s one of the best historical novels I’ve ever come across.' Bret Easton Ellis

The series, which has run since March 2012, is organized by the UCL European Institute, the UCL Centre for the Study of Central Europe and the Wiener Library, in conjunction with the Czech Centre London, Harvill Secker, and the Institut Français. It commemorated the 70th anniversary of Operation Anthropoid through the diverse lenses of documentary film and visuals, military history, a French novel and a British detective story. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/events/targetheydrich


The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP


6 Jun 2012 18:30


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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