Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

About the book

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, David meets Giovanni in a bar and gets into a passionate love relationship. But the return of his girlfriend to Paris destroys everything. David can not acknowledge the truth and pretends that it never happened - while Giovanni sinks into tragedy.

The writings of the Great Loves series unite the theme of love and extend over two thousand years and very different worlds. Readers are introduced to the infinitely fascinating possibilities and extreme forms of love: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virgin love, adulterous love, parental love, child love, nostalgic love, unfulfilled love, unauthorized love, not to mention lost love, twisted and compulsive love.

ISBN: 978-0-345-80656-7

1950’s Paris a young man explores his sexuality while torn between desire and conventional morality. The book navigates the social isolation, self-loathing and confusion that many on the fringes of society can feel. But really all you need to know is that it was crafted by the magnificently brilliant Baldwin; each page is a miracle of writing.

Melissa Unger

Melissa Unger

Creative Director


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