I Who Have Never Known Men
A work of fantasy, I Who Have Never Known Men is the haunting and unforgettable account of a near future 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. Part thriller, part mystery, I Who Have Never Known Men shows us the power of one person without memories to reinvent herself piece by piece, emotion by emotion, in the process teaching us much about what it means to be human.
"Carefully crafted, this novel is both unusual and thought-provoking." —Library Journal
"Beautifully written … " —Booklist
"It is surprising that a book with the psychological detail of a nightmare elicits in the reader feelings of such profound intensity." —Le Monde, New York Times
"The delirium of I Who Have Never Known Men suggests the work of a feminine Kafka." —Le Nouvel Observateur.
"Harpman says here all there is to say about dignity and the difficulty of remaining human in the face of suffering." —Le Quotidien