Giovanni's Room

«The simple story of love is filled with ambiguity, difficulty, and paradox»

Colm Tóibín, The New Yorker

'Exquisite, a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' Guardian David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancee to return from vacation in Spain. But when he meets Giovanni, a handsome Italian barman, the two men are drawn into an intense affair. Les mer

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'Exquisite, a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' Guardian David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancee 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 fiancee 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.

'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 'Violent, excruciating beauty' San Francisco Chronicle

Detaljer

Forlag
Penguin Classics
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
176
ISBN
9780141186351
Utgivelsesår
2001
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

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.

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«The simple story of love is filled with ambiguity, difficulty, and paradox»

Colm Tóibín, The New Yorker

«It has a level of angst and heartbreak I am yet to find anywhere else»

Troye Sivan, Vogue

«A mesmerizing book»

Chris Abani, NPR

«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

«Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love»

Granville Hicks

«Today, when a great many arguments and complaints from the queer quarters of the political sphere have to do with what has been done to queerness by the patriarchy and by whiteness, Baldwin asks, in Giovanni’s Room, what love looks like, ultimately, when we leave all those bags at the door — and if we can. Do we know how to live in a purely queer world not defined by resistance or self-hatred?’»

Hilton Als, New York Times Style Magazine

«The whole novel is a kind of anatomy of shame, of its roots and the myths that perpetuate it, of the damage it can do.»

Garth Greenwell, Guardian

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