Giovanni's Room Paperback
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
'Exquisite, a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' GuardianDavid, 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.'If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one' Michael Ondaatje'Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity' The New York Times'Violent, excruciating beauty' San Francisco Chronicle
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/10/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141186351