Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

Paperback Penguin Modern Classics

By (author) James Baldwin, Introduction by Caryl Phillips

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141186356
  • ISBN 13: 9780141186351
  • Sales rank: 78,525

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Considered an 'audacious' second novel, "Giovanni's Room" is set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence. This now-classic story of a fated love triangle explores, with uncompromising clarity, the conflicts between desire, conventional morality and sexual identity.

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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.