Giovanni's Room share button
James Baldwin
Format Paperback
Dimensions 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Pages 176
Publisher Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date June 2000
ISBN 9780385334587
Book ISBN 10 0385334583
About Book
"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."--BOOK JACKET.

Library Journal

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 fianc e and to a male Italian bartender with whom he begins an affair. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

New York Times Book Review

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.