Title Profile & Character Information

Giovanni's Room

Annotation
"Giovanni's Room traces one man's struggle with his sexual identity. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself confronting secret desires that jeopardize the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured as he oscillates between the two." "Now a classic of gay literature, Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality. Examining the agonizing mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined yet beautifully restrained narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Characters
NameDavid
GendersMale
 Male
TraitsAmerican
Gay
Expatriate
American
Gay
Expatriate

NameLincoln, Hella
GendersFemale
 Female

NameGiovanni
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsBartender
 Bartender
TraitsItalian
Gay
Italian
Gay

GenreLove story
    --Gay
    --Gay
Psychological
    --Gay
    --Gay
Classic
    --Gay
    --Gay
Fiction
TopicsAmericans in foreign countries
Expatriates
Sexual identity
Gay men
Love affairs
Love triangles
Moral dilemmas
Americans in foreign countries
Expatriates
Sexual identity
Gay men
Love affairs
Love triangles
Moral dilemmas
SettingParis, France
Paris, France