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The Fever

(2004)
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Wallace Shawn's The Fever is the winner of the 1991 Obie Award for Best Play and soon to be a film starring Vanessa Redgrave. While visiting a poverty-stricken country far from home, the unnamed narrator of The Fever is forced to witness the political persecution occurring just beyond a hotel window. In examining a life of comfort and relative privilege, the narrator reveals, "I always say to my friends, We should be glad to be alive. We should celebrate life. We should understand that life is wonderful." But how does one celebrate life - take pleasure in beauty, for instance - while slowly becoming aware that the poverty and oppression of other human beings are a direct consequence of one's own pleasurable life? In a coruscating monologue, The Fever is most of all an eloquent meditation on living a life with conscience and action in ethical relationship to others in the world.

    

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Hardback Editions

May 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fever
Author(s): Wallace Shawn
ISBN: 0-374-15467-8 / 978-0-374-15467-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T)
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fever
Author(s): Wallace Shawn
ISBN: 0-571-25122-6 / 978-0-571-25122-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fever (Evergreen Original)
Author(s): Wallace Shawn
ISBN: 0-8021-4070-X / 978-0-8021-4070-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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January 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fever
Author(s): Wallace Shawn
ISBN: 0-571-16195-2 / 978-0-571-16195-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fever
Author(s): Wallace Shawn
ISBN: 0-374-52270-7 / 978-0-374-52270-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Availability: Amazon UK