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Giovanni's Room

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Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
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First published in 1957, this book attempts to tackle the conflict between homosexual and heterosexual love. It tells of David, a young man awakening to his true homosexual nature, through a relationship with a barman named Giovanni, as he awaits his fiancee's arrival from Spain.

Reviews

"If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one."
--Michael Ondaatje

"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

"Exciting...a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction."--The Atlantic

"Violent, excruciating beauty."--San Francisco Chronicle -- Review

Baldwin's 1956 novel, his second, was daring for its time, depicting a young man deep into Paris's second expatriate movement following World War II as he grapples with his sexual identity. He is drawn both to his fiance and to a male Italian bartender with whom he begins an affair. Library Journal

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.
Release date NZ
October 4th, 2001
Author
Contributor
Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
176
Dimensions
129x198x10
ISBN-13
9780141186351
Product ID
1684295

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