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by John Edgar Wideman

  • ISBN: 0140129839
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: John Edgar Wideman
  • Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (January 31, 1991)
  • Pages: 176 pages
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  • Rating: 4.5
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Fever : twelve stories. by. Wideman, John Edgar.

Fever : twelve stories. Doc's story - The Statue of Liberty - Valaida - Hostages - Surfiction - Rock River - When it's time to go - Concert - Presents - The tambourine lady - Little brother - Fever.

Fever by John Edgar Wideman is a collection of twelve short stories written in an extremely experimental style

Fever by John Edgar Wideman is a collection of twelve short stories written in an extremely experimental style. The plots of the stories tend to be about a moment of depression or struggle in the life of the main character. Wideman focuses on themes of human depravity and desperation, and the collection ends with the story Fever which focuses on the outbreak of Yellow Fever in 1779. Other stories focus on the holocaust or rape or the ending of a marriage.

He was explaining this to me in December, over a lunch of rare steak-frites and Bordeaux at Lucien, a bistro a few blocks from his Lower East Side apartment.

John Edgar Wideman (born June 14, 1941) is an American author of novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, and other works. Among the most critically acclaimed American writers of his generation, he was the first person to win the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice. His writing is known for experimental techniques and a focus on the African-American experience.

Title: Fever Twelve Stories. Publisher: Henry Holt. John Edgar Wideman is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, which have received two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and a National Book Award nomination. In addition to his authorial career, he is a professor at Brown University. His latest book, Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File, was published in 2016.

JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN: "Fever" from Fever: Twelve Stories by John Edgar Wideman. FAMILIAR names, unfamiliar titles: this, in part, was my initial inspiration in assembling The Oxford Book of American Short Stories.

John Edgar Wideman (1989). Fever: Twelve Stories. Both the Allen and Miller books contradict the assertion that Snow was held by the Nazis and instead place her in Danish custody at a Copenhagen prison. Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 978-0-8050-1184-5. Valaida Snow appears as a fictional character who threw herself on top of the protagonist when he was a child to shield him from a beating at the hands of the Nazis in a concentration camp. Pascal Rannou (2008).

John Edgar Wideman is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, which have received two PEN .

John Edgar Wideman is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, which have received two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and a National Book Award nomination.

A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Frantz Fanon was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression.

In 1985 police bombed a West Philadelphia row house. Eleven people died and a fire started that destroyed sixty other houses. In God's Gym, the celebrated author John Edgar Wideman offers stories that pulse with emotional electricity. The ten pieces here explore strength, both physical and spiritual. A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Frantz Fanon was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression. Born of African descent in Martinique in 1925, Fanon fought in defense of France during World War II but later against France in Algeria's war for independence.

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A collection of 12 short stories which are connected by common themes of memory and loss, and by the interplay of reality and fabrication. From the author of "A Glance Away", "Brothers and Keepers" and "Sent For You Yesterday", which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1983.
Reviews about Fever: Twelve Stories (3):
Marinara
Each time I pick up a book by Wideman I'm always reminded of how awesome a writer he is. Outstanding.
Irostamore
Wideman may be the finest American writer no one's ever heard of. Much of his early work has been allowed to run out of print and fade into obscurity; he remains a critical darling, popping up in _The Best American Short Stories_ and editing black-literature anthologies, yet he's never found a popular audience. Which is too bad, because Wideman's got a lot to say.

Wideman covers much the same ground as Graham Swift-- the relationships between two human beings, whoever those two human beings may be. Wideman tends a little more towards the family side of things than does Swift, leading to a bit more variation on the theme, but the theme usually stays the same, how relationships end. They do not all end badly, by any means, as they do in Swift and so many other authors. They do not all end within the scope of the stories presented. But hanging over Wideman's work is always the feeling that relationships between people _will_ end, somewhere along the line.

As in Swift, though, the similarity of tone and mood to be found in the various stories in this collection don't make it monotonous. Wideman gives us an interesting array of characters to examine, puts them into everyday situations, then throws something into the mix to jazz it up a little-- a blind man who never misses a shot from the free-throw line, a pianist who won't stop describing a dream long enough for his brother to tell him of the death of their mother (because, we can tell, he is already aware), etc. Wideman has a keen ear for the natural flow of language, and it both heightens his dialogue and keeps the descriptive parts of the stories flowing.

The one place Wideman does falter is in letting the message override the storytelling in places. The title story in this collection works when Wideman is painting a scene, just as all his other stories work, but every once in a while the agenda gets in the way and the story flattens into polemic. Wideman never, though, allows the polemic to take over completely, and he's always able to successfully pull himself back from the brink. (In his defense, the ending of "Fever" is fantastic, a truly strong piece of writing, that more than makes up for the story's faults.)

As with most of the books Wideman published before 1991, this is out of print at present. However, it's worth hunting down. A wonderful introduction to a wonderful author. *** 1/2
Tcaruieb
Weak. Not good enough.

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