Laurent Binet

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Laurent Binet
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Born (1972-07-19) 19 July 1972 (age 46)
Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Paris
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Laurent Binet (born 19 July 1972) is a French writer and university lecturer. His work focuses on the modern political scene in France.


The son of a historian,[1] Laurent Binet was born in Paris. He graduated from the University of Paris with a degree in Literature. He teaches French in a Parisian suburb and also at the University of Saint-Denis.

Binet was awarded the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman for his first novel, HHhH.[2] The novel recounts the assassination of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in 1942.

In August 2012, Binet published Rien ne se passe comme prévu (Nothing goes as planned), a behind-the-scenes account of the successful presidential campaign of François Hollande, which Binet witnessed while embedded with Hollande's campaign staff.


  • La vie professionnelle de Laurent B. Little big man, 2004, ISBN 978-2-915557-52-7
  • HHhH, Grasset & Fasquelle, 2010, ISBN 978-2-246-76001-6
  • Rien ne se passe comme prévu, Grasset, 2012, ISBN 978-2-24679933-7
  • La Septième Fonction du langage, Grasset, 2015, ISBN 978-2-24677601-7 (The Seventh Function of Language, 2017)


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