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I Who Have Never Known Men


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A haunting, heartbreaking tale of female friendship and intimacy that reads like The Handmaid's Tale meets The Road

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Jacqueline Harpman was born in Etterbeek, Belgium in 1929. Being half Jewish, the family fled to Casablanca when the Nazis invaded, and only returned home after the war. After studying French literature she started training to be a doctor, but could not complete her training due to contracting tuberculosis. She turned to writing in 1954 and her first work was published in 1958. In 1980 she qualified as a psychoanalyst. Harpman wrote over 15 novels and won numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Medicis for Orlanda. I Who Have Never Known Men was her first novel to be translated into English, and was originally published with the title The Mistress of Silence


A novel that takes you into philosophically interesting territory... this [is a] intriguingly dark thought experiment told by a compellingly alien voice - dispassionate and unfussy - is strangely fascinating -- Lucy Scholes * The Times *
A vivid evocation of another world, alive with hope and dignity in the midst of cruelty and alienation... A haunting testimony from an abandoned planet -- Megan Hunter
A consistently gripping experience * TLS *

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