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  • Published: 3 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781841593722
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $34.99

Giovanni's Room




The groundbreaking novel by one of the most important twentieth-century American writers, now in an Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics hardcover edition.

'Until I die there will be those moments, moments seeming to rise up out of the ground like Macbeth’s witches, when his face will come before me, that face in all its changes, when the exact timbre of his voice and tricks of his speech will nearly burst my ears, when his smell will overpower my nostrils...'

Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality. David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. With sharp, probing insight, James Baldwin's classic narrative delves into the mystery of love and tells an impassioned, deeply moving story that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • Published: 3 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781841593722
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

James Baldwin

Born in 1924 in New York City, James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity.
Other novels included Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head as well as essay works like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Having lived in France, he died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence.

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Praise for Giovanni's Room

Audacious ... remarkable ... elegant and courageous

Caryl Phillips

A powerful book because of the stark simplicity of its drama and the intensity of its vision

Colm Tóibín

Exquisite ... a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring

Guardian