Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

Paperback Vintage International

By (author) James A Baldwin

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 169 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0345806565
  • ISBN 13: 9780345806567
  • Sales rank: 86,935

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Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

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James Baldwin was the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time, among other books.

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"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" "To be James Baldwin is to touch on so many hidden places in Europe, America, the Negro, the white man --to be forced to understand so much." --Alfred Kazin "This author retains a place in an extremely select group; that composed of the few genuinely indispensable American writers." --"Saturday Review ""He has not himself lost access to the sources of his being --which is what makes him read and awaited by perhaps a wider range of people than any other major American writer." --"The Nation ""He is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves, to flow and beat, advance and retreat, rise and take a bow in disappearing . . . the thought becomes poetry and the poetry illuminates thought." --Langston Hughes "He has become one of the few writers of our time." --Norman Mailer