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Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin


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 fiancée 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 fiancée 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


One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

  • Details

    Imprint: Penguin Classics

    Published: 04/10/2001

    ISBN: 9780141186351

    Pages: 176

    Dimensions: 198mm x 10mm x 129mm

    Weight: 134g

    Type: Paperback

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