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Laurent Binet


Laurent Binet was born in 1972 in Paris. He studied literature at university and worked as a French teacher. He taught French at a military academy in Slovakia, where he also translated a collection of Czech poetry. After having written a surrealist work and then a book about his experiences as a teacher, he published HHhH (HHhH), a novel about Reinhard Heydrich, which had considerable success. A later book (link in French) is about the campaign of French president François Hollande. It was alleged that he helped Valerie Trierweiler, Hollande’s former mistress, to write her memoirs, but he denies it.

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Laurent Binet
Bret Easton Ellis and Laurent Binet in Conversation
Laurent Binet (in French)
Laurent Binet (in French)
Laurent Binet, retour sur un succès (in French)
Laurent Binet, le chroniqueur de François Hollande (in French)
Interview (in French)


2000 Forces et faiblesses de nos muqueuses
2002 Les syndicats de fonctionnaires et la réforme de l’Etat
2004 La vie professionnelle de Laurent B.
2009 HHhH (HHhH)
2012 Rien ne se passe comme prévu
2015 La Septième Fonction du langage (The Seventh Function of Language)
2019 Civilizations (Civilisations)
2020 Dictionnaire amoureux du tennis (with Dictionnaire amoureux du tennis)