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Laurent Binet

Author of HHhH

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Canonical name
Binet, Laurent
Birthdate
1972-07-19
Gender
male
Nationality
France
Birthplace
Paris, France
Places of residence
Paris, France
Occupations
teacher
professor
writer
Organizations
University of Paris III

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This is a bad novel but an interesting book. The author wrestles with how to get at the truth of an event and the people involved without making them into puppets. He's at his best when he forgets this and breathes life into his characters. He's at his worst when he quibbles over the color of a car. A scrupulous devotion to fact often prevents him from writing the truth.
 
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rdonovan | 122 other reviews | May 1, 2024 |
 
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P1g5purt | 25 other reviews | Mar 26, 2024 |
Laurent Binet’s Civilizations is an exercise in alternate history, or if you like, counterfactual history, beginning with a reimagined settlement of the New World by a band of Vikings. The narrative is clear and logical, but it is not really a novel. It sees events from 20 thousand feet and never gets us particularly close to any of its characters.
The story begins with a voyage by Eric the Red’s daughter and her encounter with Mesoamerican Indians. The Vikings enrich their new home with iron-working, draft animals, and wheeled vehicles. Columbus’s trip west ends badly, leaving the hulks of two of his ships weathering on the beach. The Mayan leader, Atahualpa, reverse engineers them and launches a transatlantic expedition to Europe. He arrives in Lisbon in time to capture Charles V, head of the Holy Roman Empire, and conquer a disorganized Europe—at least until the Aztecs show up.
The book ends with an account of the early adventures of Miguel Cervantes and his encounter with the essayist Michele de Montaigne. It is the most stylish part of the narrative, deftly parodying the styles of both writers. It could be read as a standalone sketch.
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Tom-e | 25 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
HHhH
Laurent Binet
Publicado: 2009 | 248 páginas
Novela Histórico

«HHhH».Tras este misterioso título se esconde la frase en alemán «Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich»: «el cerebro de Himmler se llama Heydrich». Esto es lo que se decía en las SS de Reinhard Heydrich, jefe de la Gestapo, considerado el hombre más peligroso del Tercer Reich y una de las figuras más enigmáticas del nazismo. En 1942, dos miembros de la Resistencia aterrizan en paracaídas en Praga con la misión de asesinarlo. Después del atentado, se refugian en una iglesia, donde, delatados por un traidor y acorralados por setecientos hombres de las SS, se suicidan. Laurent Binet narra uno de los episodios más conmovedores de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y, posiblemente, de la Historia de la humanidad. Pero tras la narración de esta hazaña empieza otra lucha: la que enfrenta la ficción con la realidad. HHhH es el relato de la desesperada búsqueda de una forma precisa de contar la Historia. Para ello Binet lleva al lector hasta la tormenta de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, a Berlín, Londres y París, a la Praga actual, y en un giro literario de una fuerza inaudita, traslada el régimen nazi hasta el 2009.… (more)
 
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libreriarofer | 122 other reviews | Nov 15, 2023 |

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Rating
3.8
Reviews
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ISBNs
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