Giovanni's Room: Penguin Great Loves

Autor James Baldwin
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 2 aug 2007
When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened – while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy.

United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds. Readers will be introduced to love’s endlessly fascinating possibilities and extremities: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virginal love, adulterous love, parental love, filial love, nostalgic love, unrequited love, illicit love, not to mention lost love, twisted and obsessional love…
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ISBN-13: 9780141032948
ISBN-10: 0141032944
Pagini: 160
Dimensiuni: 111 x 181 x 9 mm
Greutate: 0.1 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin Classics
Seria Penguin Great Loves

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Born in Harlem in 1924, James Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, play­wright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. His first novel,Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay col­lectionThe Fire Next Timewas a bestseller that made him an influential figure in the civil rights movement. Baldwin spent many years in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in 1987.


Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love
Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity
Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous
Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy
Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love


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One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

Baldwin's ground-breaking second novel, which established him as one of the great American writers of his time

David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancée 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 fiancée 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.

'Exquisite... a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' Guardian

'Excruciating beauty' San Francisco Chronicle

'Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous' Caryl Phillips