|I Who Have Never Known Men (1995) [Novel]|
by Jacqueline Harpman
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(From the publisher):
A work of fantasy, I WHO HAVE NEVER KNOWN MEN is the haunting an unforgettable account of a near furture on a barren earth where women are kept in underground cages guarded by uniformed groups of men. It is narrated by the youngest of the women, the only one with no memory of what the world was like before the cages, who must teach herself, without books or sexual contact, the essential human emotions of longing, loving, learning, companionship, and dying.
From the paperback's back cover:
A young woman is kept in a cage underground with thirty-nine other females, guarded by armed men who never speak; her crimes unremembered... if indeed they were crimes.
The youngest of forty -- a child with no name and no past -- she survives for some purpose long forgotten in a world ravaged and wasted. In this reality where intimacy is forbidden -- in the unrelenting sameness of the artificial days and nights -- she knows nothing of books and time, of needs and feelings.
Then everything changes... and nothing changes.
A young woman who has never known men -- a child who knows of no history before the bars and restraints -- must now reinvent herself, piece by piece, in a place she has never been... and in the face of the most challenging and terrifying of unknowns: freedom.
Original title: Moi qui n'ai pas connu les hommes
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Romantic Fantasy
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Love and Romance
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Sex & Gender Roles