Publication Date: 04/10/2001 ISBN: 9780141186351 Category:

Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin, Caryl Phillips

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 04/10/2001 ISBN: 9780141186351 Category:
Paperback / Softback




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

Publisher Review

Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love -- Granville Hicks Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy -- Colm Toibin * The New Yorker * Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous -- Caryl Phillips Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity * The New York Times * If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one -- Michael Ondaatje

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