Giovanni's Room (Compact Disc)

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Giovanni's Room By James Baldwin, Dan Butler (Read by) Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Dan Butler (Read by)

Staff Reviews

As always, Baldwin's prose is evocative, lyrical, and arresting in this brief but devastating tragedy about an American expatriate in France who finds himself drawn to a bartender named Giovanni. This novel is a layered meditation on queer desire, shame, and the struggle to honor one's true self when it is at odds with societal expectations. It is an all-time favorite that I often find myself revisiting - I cannot recommend it enough. — Gwyn Sise


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.

About the Author

James Baldwin (1924-1987) is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including "Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, Another Country," and "Blues for Mister Charlie." He received many awards including the Eugene F. Saxon Memorial Trust Award, a Rosenwald Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Partisan Review Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation grant. He was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor in 1986.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620645413
ISBN-10: 1620645416
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013
Language: English