Herrick's anatomy of a young German terrorist, written with dispassionate intelligence and documentary density, offers not a flutter of the pulse but a chill in the bone.
New York Times Book Review

Love and Terror

Fiction by William Herrick

Now available as a New Directions paperbook, Love and Terror, William Herrick’s second novel with ND, both reflects and anticipates today’s headlines. Terrorist kidnappings, hijackings, and dramatic rescues all form a part of the plot, but Herrick’s interest lies less in tension-filled heroics than in the human cost of flawed idealism. Through the notebook of the principal terrorist, Viktor X, the complex characters of Viktor and Gabriele, for whom love and terrorism are intertwined and inseparable, are revealed. And in a series of interviews with a nameless reporter, the lives of three disillusioned revolutionaries––“the old ones,” now hostages to a new brand of revolution––gradually and movingly unfold. In his earlier Shadows and Wolves (New Directions, 1980), Herrick showed us the possibility of human solutions that transcend politics. In Love and Terror he shows us why any ideology, inflexibly adhered to, makes such solutions necessary.

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Paperback (published November 1, 1982)

ISBN
9780811208413
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5.95

Clothbound (published November 1, 1982)

ISBN
9780811207911
Price US
13.95

William Herrick

William Herrick traveled all around the United States as a hobo, fought in the Spanish Civil War and spent much of his life in New York as a court reporter.

Herrick's anatomy of a young German terrorist, written with dispassionate intelligence and documentary density, offers not a flutter of the pulse but a chill in the bone.
New York Times Book Review