'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
James Baldwin, geboren 1924 in New York, gestorben 1987 in Nizza, engagierte sich in den 60er und 70er Jahren aktiv für die Bürgerrechtsbewegung im Süden der USA. In seinen Erzählungen beschreibt er die afro-amerikanische Kultur. Berühmt wurde er durch seine Romane Giovanni's Zimmer (1956) und Eine andere Welt (1962).