By turns subtle and intense, disturbing and elusive, the stories in this collection are ultimately connected by themes of memory and loss, reality. Of the 12 stories in Wideman’s wide-ranging new collection, six have never been previously published, and most are standouts. Wideman excels in a variety of. : Fever (Contemporary American Fiction) (): John Edgar Wideman: Books.

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Fever by John Edgar Wideman | : Books

Topics for Further Study. Follow Us on Facebook. Marianne rated it it was ok Jun 10, I heard the thud of clubs on her back, felt her shudder each time a blow was struck.

Wideman covers much the same ground as Graham Swift– the relationships between two human beings, whoever those two human beings may be. This study guide contains the following sections: There’s an emotional payoff to just about each story here, and none outstay their welcome. The plots of the stories tend to be about a moment of depression or struggle in the life of the main character.

Published October 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. In March,he self-published “Briefs,” a new collection of microstories, on Lulu.


He currently fevet at Brown University, and he sits on the contributing editorial board of the literary journal Conjunctions. Her fingers dug into my shoulders, squeezing, gripping hard enough to hurt me if I hadn’t been past the point of feeling pain. In the old country lifetimes ago. Summary “Fever” opens with a man staring out the window of a ship at the naked trees.

She wouldn’t let go of me and they began to beat her too. A stool they stood on when they wanted to reach a little higher. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They do not all end badly, by any means, as they do in Swift and so many other authors.

Fever – Detailed Summary & Analysis Summary & Analysis

The guards were beating me. Lauren Merlino rated it really liked it Aug 04, The height of the calamity was reached in mid-October with Worth it for the title story alone, which is a masterpiece. This section contains words approx.

Read more from the Study Guide. In the hold of a ship, another man—a slave—wonders why the gods have chosen to put him here, chained to other captives, bumping and shaking in puddles of waste. Project Nohn Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. View a FREE sample.

Project MUSE – John Edgar Wideman’s “Fever”

Other stories focus on the holocaust or rape or the ending of a marriage. Allen, once the founder of an African-American church, now spends johh days caring for the sick and dying and burying the dead. Dec 26, Luke rated it liked it Shelves: Between these two points of view, an omniscient narrator and a first-person plural The author calls the challenging and complex “Fever” a “meditation edgwr history.


One more kick, a numbing, blinding smash that took my breath away.

Oct 19, Melanie Jennings rated it it was amazing Shelves: Holly rated it liked it Feb 03, Wideman has also shown a drive for literary exploration, constantly searching for new ways to tell his stories. Jeff Brandt rated it liked it Oct 17, 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 awareetc.