Tag: Himmler

HHhH

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012

Laurent Binet, son of an historian, was born in Paris and was awarded the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman for his first novel, HHhH. The title is an acronym for Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich (“Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”), a popular Nazi quip about the monstrous SS-Obergruppenführer. It is a stunningly original work. Snippet: […]

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The pompous, hypocritical hucksterism of Günter Grass

Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

What a tragedy that Christopher Hitchens is not alive at this hour. Back in August 2006, the late, great contrarian identified the German writer Günter Grass as a truly reptilian character in a Slate column titled “Snake in the Grass“. Snippet: “At the PEN conference in New York in the mid-1980s, for example, he had […]

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