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Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin

Paperback £9.99
Published 4th October 2001, 176 pages
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Description

One of the BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’

Baldwin’s ground-breaking second novel , which established him as one of the great American writers of his time

David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancee to return from vacation in Spain. But when he meets Giovanni, a handsome Italian barman, the two men are drawn into an intense affair. After three months David’s fiancee returns and, denying his true nature, he rejects Giovanni for a ‘safe’ future as a married man. His decision eventually brings tragedy.

Filled with passion, regret and longing, this story of a fated love triangle has become a landmark of gay writing. James Baldwin caused outrage as a black author writing about white homosexuals, yet for him the issues of race, sexuality and personal freedom were eternally intertwined.

‘Exquisite… a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring’ Guardian

‘Excruciating beauty’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘Audacious… remarkable… elegant and courageous’ Caryl Phillips

Details

Giovanni's Room
by James Baldwin and Caryl Phillips

ISBN
9780141186351

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Paperback

Publication date
Oct. 4, 2001

Dimensions
19.8cm x 12.9cm x 1.0cm

Page count
176 pages