Fiction. The fourteen stories in HEIBERG'S TWITCH were not selected for their resemblance to one another, but for their differences in character, tone, and form. The aim is to deploy imagination and invention to furnish tales about the variety of human conditions, the scope of thought, the diversity of experience. Settings range from a Scandinavian island to ancient Chinese courts, from the streets of Hyde Park in Boston to the galleries of midtown Manhattan, from Southern California to Eastern Europe, from Africa to South America—in one story, both continents at once. The stories are populated by schoolboys and poets, dictators and delinquents, college girls and composers, businessmen and scientists. Each tale conjures its own world, has its own language, aims to illuminate a distinct experience, a unique situation. Like human life, the stories in HEIBERG'S TWITCH are comic sad, pathetic, perplexing, and tragic.
Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University's College of General Studies. He has published eight fiction collections, Life in the Temperate Zone, The Decline of Our Neighborhood, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, HEIBERG'S TWITCH, PETITES SUITES, Intuition of the News, Hsi-wei Tales, and The Thirteenth Studebaker; two books of essays, Professors at Play and THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF SIDNEY FEIN; two short novels, Losses and The Derangement of Jules Torquemal; three books of verse, Fifty Poems, Girl Asleep, and To See What I Have Seen, See What I See; essays, stories, and poems in a variety of scholarly and literary journals, and the novel Zublinka Among Women, awarded the Indie Book Awards first prize for fiction.
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