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Giovanni’s Room
  • ISBN: 9780141186351
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Binding: Paperback

Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin
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Giovanni’s Room is James 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.



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