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Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, this title presents a story of a fated love triangle that explores the conflicts between desire, conventional morality and sexual identity.

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.

Details

ISBN13: 9780141186351
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 176
Edition:
Publication Date: 4 Oct 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London,United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(W)134
Weight (gm): 134

Author Biography

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.

Reviews

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 *
Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous -- Caryl Phillips
Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy -- Colm Toibin * The New Yorker *
Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love -- Granville Hicks
Giovanni's Room
1999

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