Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/10/2001
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Giovanni's Room
Heart wrenching, lyrical and astounding!
Giovanni's Room is an incredibly provocative piece of literature reflecting sexuality, race, class and the fear and consequences of breaking out of 1950 so... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton


I stand at the window of this great house in the south of France as night falls, the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.

Considered an 'audacious' second novel, Giovanni’s Room is set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence. This now-classic story of a fated love triangle explores, with uncompromising clarity, the conflicts between desire, conventional morality and sexual identity.

One of the most important American writers of the twentieth century, James Baldwin’s novels primarily address issues of race, class and sexual inequality, including Giovanni’s Room which was extremely controversial in its representation of gay relationships. His other novels include Go Tell it on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son and Another Country.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141186351
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 135g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 10 mm

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Giovanni's Room
A love triangle in Paris in a time of forbidden homosexuality
Giovanni's Room is a stunning story of homosexuality, the stigma surrounding LGBTQ romances and a love triangle. American lovers David and Hella briefly ... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Giovanni's Room
Powerful and thought provoking
What a wonderful yet very powerful read. David is betrothed to Hella, he is an American living in Paris waiting for his lover to join him. A chance meeting... READ MORE
Giovanni's Room
Fear and self-loathing in the Parisian demi-monde
A bitter tale of treachery, squalor and shattered illusions as an doomed love affair disintegrates; no pride or glamour or rainbow-tinged warm fuzzies in B... READ MORE
Lesley Jane