I Who Have Never Known Men

4.24 (7,108 Ratings by Goodreads)
I Who Have Never Known Men

I Who Have Never Known Men

4.24 (7,108 Ratings by Goodreads)
Paperback | English
Published: 2 May, 2019

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Discover the haunting, heartbreaking post-apocalyptic tale of female friendship and intimacy set in a deserted world.

Deep underground, thirty-nine women are kept in isolation in a cage. Above ground, a world awaits. Has it been abandoned? Devastated by a virus?

Watched over by guards, the women have no memory of how they got there, no notion of time, and only vague recollection of their lives before. But, as the burn of electric light merges day into night and numberless years pass, a young girl - the fortieth prisoner - sits alone and outcast in the corner.

Soon she will show herself to be the key to the others' escape and survival in the strange world that awaits them above ground. The woman who will never know men.


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 *

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

Type Book
ISBN 9781529111798
Number Of Pages 208
Item Weight 149 g
Product Dimensions 129 x 198 x 13 mm
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Format Paperback