Set in the bohemian world of Fifties Paris, 'Giovanni's Room' is a landmark in gay writing. Its theme is a young man's awakening to 'insistent possibilities: his true homosexual nature.
David - otherwise known as 'Butch' - is an American writer in Paris, casually introduced to a barman named Giovanni. Drunk, David agrees to stay overnight with him. And one night lengthens to more than three months of covert passion in Giovanni's room.
As he waits for his fiancee to arrive from Spain, David stares at the wallpaper decoration - 'at the man and woman on the wall who walked together among roses' - idealizing his planned marriage while tragically failing to see Giovanni's real love.