Described by James Wood in The New Yorker as "a historical novel at war with itself," HHhH is about the assassination mission undertaken by two Czech parachutists against Reinhard Heydrich, and it's about the mission undertaken by Laurent Binet himself: an historical reconstruction that can never lay its own claim to truth. Join Binet for a discussion of writing, history, and the fraught relationship between two. Q&A and signing to follow. Co-Presented by the French Cultural Institute.Laurent Binet was born in Paris, France, in 1972. He is the author of La Vie professionnelle de Laurent B., a memoir of his experience teaching in secondary schools in Paris. Binet is a professor of French Literature at the University of Paris III. His debut novel HHhH (Grasset), a remarkable and surprising fast-paced World War II novel, won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman in 2010 and was adapted for the stage and performed at the Théâtre de la Commune in Aubervilliers in 2012. The English translation, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, has been highly praised by authors such as Bret Easton Ellis, Martin Amis and Gary Shteyngart. It has been short-listed for several prizes, including the National Book Critics CircleAward, and was selected as one of The New York Times'Notable Books of 2012. His most recent novel, Rien ne se passe comme prévu (Grasset 2012) is a firsthand account of the successful presidential campaign of François Hollande, which Binet wrote while embedded in the campaign staff.Paul B. La Farge is born in New York City in 1970. He graduated from Yale and has taught writing at Wesleyan University on and off since 2002. He has published four novels:The Artist of the Missing (1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction(2001), The Facts of Winter (2005) and Luminous Airplanes, all of which, particularly Haussmann, have earned positive critical attention. His essays and reviews have been published in outlets such as The Village Voice.
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