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Giovanni's Room

Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 164 pages
File Size : 21,18 MB
Release : 2013-09-17
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0345806573


From one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century comes a groundbreaking novel set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, about love and the fear of love—"a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction" (The Atlantic). In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. David is a young American expatriate who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hella. While she is away on a trip, David meets a bartender named Giovanni to whom he is drawn in spite of himself. Soon the two are spending the night in Giovanni’s curtainless room, which he keeps dark to protect their privacy. But Hella’s return to Paris brings the affair to a crisis, one that rapidly spirals into tragedy. David struggles for self-knowledge during one long, dark night—“the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.” With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a deeply moving story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

Literature and Homosexuality

Author : Michael J. Meyer
Publisher : Rodopi
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 48,8 MB
Release : 2000
Category : Gays' writings
ISBN : 9789042005297


Contains 13 essays, mostly written by American university-based professors of English, Hispanic language and literature, and women's studies, focusing on a variety of themes relating to lesbian and gay literature and the work of gay and lesbian authors. Lacks a subject index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

James Baldwin

Author : Harold Bloom
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Page : 235 pages
File Size : 43,36 MB
Release : 2007
Category : African American authors
ISBN : 0791093654


A collection of essays presenting critiques and analysis of the major works of the African American author.

The Politics of Exile

Author : Bryan R. Washington
Publisher : UPNE
Page : 196 pages
File Size : 37,26 MB
Release : 1995
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 9781555532093


In The Politics of Exile, Bryan R. Washington connects contemporary critical theory to issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and sexual repression in their works, including Daisy Miller, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, Giovanni's Room, and Another Country.

From Harlem to Paris

Author : Michel Fabre
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Page : 388 pages
File Size : 39,66 MB
Release : 1991
Category : African American authors
ISBN : 9780252063640


This academic study uses accounts from more than 60 African American writers--Countee Cullen, James Baldwin, Chester Himes et al.--to explain why they were more readily accepted socially in Paris than in America. Fabre (The Unfinished Quest of Richard Wright) shows that French/black American affinity started in pre-Civil War New Orleans (and not, as the title suggests, in Harlem), when illegitimate mulattos with inheritances from French slave-owners sent their children to Paris to be educated. The book concludes that acceptance and appreciation of black Americans were based largely of French distaste both for white Americans, whom the French found egotistical, and for black Africans, with whom the French had a bitter "mutual colonial history."

Jesuit Postmodern

Author : Francis Xavier Clooney
Publisher : Lexington Books
Page : 230 pages
File Size : 44,64 MB
Release : 2006
Category : Intellectuals
ISBN : 9780739114018


In Jesuit Postmodern, Francis X. Clooney has gathered nine American Jesuit scholars teaching at universities to reflect on their scholarly work, why they engage in it, and how the work they do coheres with their self-understanding as Jesuits. In accounts that weave together scholarly lives and personal stories, the contributors to this volume explore the irreducible diversity of their experiences and criticize the dominant modern synthesis that shaped Jesuit institutions of higher education from the 1960s to the 1990s. While the contrapuntal display of voices enunciated in this collection will unsettle the conventional and still dominant ways of talking about Jesuits, scholarship, and religious intellectual inquiry, Jesuit Postmodern does not end the conversation, but pushes scholars to talk more critically and imaginatively.

A History of the African American Novel

Author : Valerie Babb
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 499 pages
File Size : 11,60 MB
Release : 2017-07-31
Category : History
ISBN : 1107061725


This History is intended for a broad audience seeking knowledge of how novels interact with and influence their cultural landscape. Its interdisciplinary approach will appeal to those interested in novels and film, graphic novels, novels and popular culture, transatlantic blackness, and the interfacing of race, class, gender, and aesthetics.

Out of Context

Author : Michaela Bronstein
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 289 pages
File Size : 18,48 MB
Release : 2018
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 0190655399


Introduction: Works for other times -- Rescue work: innovation and continuity in modernist fiction -- Character and identity -- What chronology demands of us -- Needing to narrate -- Modernism today, or, The author becomes a character

Giovanni's Room

Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Penguin UK
Page : 176 pages
File Size : 31,17 MB
Release : 2001-10-04
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0141903988


'Exquisite, a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' Guardian David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancée to return from vacation in Spain. But when he meets Giovanni, a handsome Italian barman, the two men are drawn into an intense affair. After three months David's fiancée returns and, denying his true nature, he rejects Giovanni for a 'safe' future as a married man. His decision eventually brings tragedy. Filled with passion, regret and longing, this story of a fated love triangle has become a landmark of gay writing. James Baldwin caused outrage as a black author writing about white homosexuals, yet for him the issues of race, sexuality and personal freedom were eternally intertwined. 'If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one' Michael Ondaatje 'Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity' The New York Times 'Violent, excruciating beauty' San Francisco Chronicle

Great Short Books

Author : Kenneth C. Davis
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 448 pages
File Size : 39,32 MB
Release : 2023-09-19
Category : History
ISBN : 1982180056


"An entertaining guide to some of the best short novels of all time looks at works from the eighteenth century to the present day, spanning multiple genres, cultures, and countries"--