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Giovanni's Room
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Giovanni's Room (Paperback)

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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

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 04/10/2001 ISBN-13: 9780141186351  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in Harlem in 1924, Baldwin had an early career as a teenage preacher. He lived in Paris from 1948-1956 and his first novels, the autobiographical GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN and GIOVANNI'S ROOM established him as a promising novelist and anticipated some of the themes of his later works, such as racism and sexuality. He became a prominent spokesperson for racial equality, especially during the civil rights movement. He lived in France during his last years. Baldwin died in 1987.

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