David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancee 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 fiancee 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. ‘Exquisite… a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring’ Guardian
‘Excruciating beauty’ San Francisco Chronicle
‘Audacious… remarkable… elegant and courageous’ Caryl Phillips