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What a Ghost Wants

Michael Newton: Laurent Binet

8 November 2012
HHhH 
by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor.
Harvill Secker, 336 pp., £16.99, May 2012, 978 1 84655 479 7
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... LaurentBinet has written an excellent novel about the absurdity of writing any kind of novel at all. HHhH retells the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Holocaust, by ...

Episteme, My Arse

Christopher Tayler: Laurent Binet

14 June 2017
The Seventh Function of Language 
by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor.
Harvill Secker, 390 pp., £16.99, May 2017, 978 1 910701 58 4
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... getting the idea that Mitterrand had put the evil eye on him? Did the staff even know what a prestigious patient they had on their hands? ‘It’s a shame there is no photographer in the room,’ LaurentBinet writes in his dramatisation of the visit, ‘to immortalise this great moment in the history of French intellectuals.’ In his first novel, HHhH (2010), which tells the story of the ...

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Jeremy Harding: Who is François Hollande?

13 September 2012
... to battle it out with DSK but Aubry was the only other candidate left standing. The story of Hollande’s nomination and the presidential campaign is told with wit and great charm by the novelist LaurentBinet in Rien ne se passe comme prévu (Grasset, ¤17), a Hunter S. Thompson-style, all-aboard diary which follows the candidate through two contests, from the summer of 2011 to the night of 6 May ...

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