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Baldwin’s complex fate

James Baldwin was told his novel about gay life in Paris would ruin his career. Republished this month after 60 years, "Giovanni's Room" remains risky, truthful and disturbing

By Colm Toibin   April 2016

Bladwin said Giovanni's Room was about "what happens if you are so afraid that you finally cannot love anybody" © Rosemay/Dahan

“For Paris is, according to its legend,” James Baldwin wrote in his essay “A Question of Identity” in 1954, “the city where everyone loses his head, and his morals, lives through at least one histoire d’amour, ceases, quite, to arrive anywhere on time, and thumbs his nose at…

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