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Giovanni's Room (1956) [Novel]
by James Baldwin Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Giovanni's Room traces one man's struggle with his sexual identity. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself confronting secret desires that jeopardize the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured as he oscillates between the two. Now a classic of gay literature, Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality. Examining the agonizing mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined yet beautifully restrained narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight.

Original title: Giovanni's Room
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGay & LesbianGay Male

Edition #1: Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room (1956)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A young American involved with both a woman and a man...Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candor and yet with such dignity and intensity." The New York Times
  • "Absorbing...[with] immediate emotional impact." The Washington Post
  • "Mr. Baldwin has taken a very special theme and treated it with great artistry and restraint." Saturday Review
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Giovanni's Room (1956)

ISBN: 0385334583

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