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img314 img315 img316 img317 img309 img310These books were read in the fifties and sixties and shocked the reading public for their often violent or sexually explicit nature. They characterize an era shocked by the implications of Hiroshima by John Hersey of the Atom bomb and human drama. The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet and Baldwin’s book both relate to the country of France. James Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote his book Giovanni’s Room in Paris. I wonder if these books could still shock anyone? More on Jean Genet (1910-1986) here in a long and rare interview  on YouTube in the French language.

Read a wonderful Paris Review interview with James Baldwin. The author John Hersey ( 1914-1993) is interviewed in another issue of the Paris Review. His novel idea, at the time, to re-visit the people he first met and wrote about makes this particular edition in which he draws his conclusions a must read. Good literary summer reading or anytime reading, in my opinion.