Heroes and Villains (novel)

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First edition (publ. Heinemann)

Heroes and Villains is a 1969 post-apocalyptic novel by Angela Carter.


Writing for The New York Times, Richard Boston found Heroes and Villains to be "a strange, compelling book. . . . a fable that discusses the roles of reason and imagination in a civilized society." He reported it to be "an undoubted success," saying "Carter tells her story with considerable skill. Her observation is sharp, and she writes extremely well."[1]

Theodore Sturgeon reviewed the novel favorably, praising Carter's "vivid color, her familiarity with her scene, the unexpectedness of her characters and plot development."[2]


  1. ^ They Survived a Nuclear War, The New York Times, September 13, 1970
  2. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1973, p.69