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Jacqueline Harpman (1929–2012)

Teoksen I Who Have Never Known Men tekijä

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La Fille démantelée (1990) 7 kappaletta
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Les bons sauvages (1998) 5 kappaletta
Mes Oedipe (2006) 4 kappaletta
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La lucarne: Nouvelles (1992) 2 kappaletta
La vieille dame et moi (2001) 2 kappaletta
Le véritable amour (2000) 1 kappale
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Kanoninen nimi
Harpman, Jacqueline
Virallinen nimi
Harpman, Jacqueline
Maa (karttaa varten)
Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Ukkel, België
Université Libre de Bruxelles, België (Psychologie)
scenariste en dialoogschrijfster
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Jacqueline Harpman was born in the Etterbeek section of Brussels, Belgium. Her father was a Dutch-born Jew, and the family fled to Casablanca when the Nazis invaded Belgium in World War II. They returned to Belgium after the war. After studying French literature at the University of Brussels, she began training to be a physician, but could not complete her medical studies after contracting tuberculosis. She turned to writing, and after publishing some short stories, published her first novel, Brève Arcadie, to critical acclaim in 1959. In 1980, she qualified as a psychoanalyst. She gave up writing novels after her fourth book was published, but resumed her writing career 20 years later. She produced about 12 novels and won several literary prizes, also serving on the jury for the prix Rossel, one of the most important in Belgium. She was married an architect and had two children.




This is by far one of the darkest dystopian/science fiction books I have ever read. I will be thinking about this one for a very long time.
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Verkruissen | 21 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 15, 2024 |

I’m always on the lookout for actual science fiction set in Belgium, and this is a really interesting example, a reaction to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, which is repeatedly referenced in the text (though I don’t think you’d need to have read it to enjoy this).

Aline is a reserved and somewhat repressed Belgian literature lecturer, and one day waiting for her train home in Paris, the more liberated side of her personality splits off and takes over the body of Lucien, a cute young man who is taking the same train. The (short) book has Aline and Orlanda (as her incarnate other halfnames herself) navigating their identities and relationships through the streets of Brussels.

I really enjoyed this. Harpman writes herself into the book as a minor character, a science fiction-loving friend of Aline’s. The story ends a bit abruptly, but it’s tidy enough given the situation.
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nwhyte | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 29, 2024 |
The narrator's dignity in such a grey universe is simply exceptional, a wonderfully written and intriguing tale. The premise is so basic, its starkness so extraordinary, it provides the perfect environment for musing on the meaning of existence, and what we do and don't leave behind. 4.5
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diveteamzissou | 21 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 3, 2024 |
Forty women are kept in an underground cage for years, guarded by uniformed men. They are not allowed to touch or harm themselves and simply survive while their basic needs are taken care of. We don't know what they are doing there and not much is happening until one day there is a mysterious event and women manage to free themselves. The narrator is the youngest one among them, the only one who has no memories of the world before the entrapment.

When it comes to bleak dystopia, it is a genre that I am always attracted to, but usually leaves me frustrated. In that respect, this book was at the same level of uneasiness it caused me during reading as Oryx and Crake, but the concept in this one is muddled and there is less to hold onto.

I went into this knowing not to expect much of a plot or world-building. It wasn't really a spoiler as this is a novel of ideas. But, I felt a little bit let down. This ended up not being a feminist novel. The title was somewhat misleading in that respect even if it is factual.

On a more general level, it was only partially satisfying as a novel about what it means to be human. The main character remains strangely emotionally detached from the rest of the group, even though she seems to like one of the women who was a sort of mentor to her. It is impossible not to draw parallels with some traumatizing historical events and expect that such a level of trauma would inspire a much stronger emotional connection. But, I don't think the point of this novel is to be "realistic", it is just too abstract for that to matter. But for that level of abstraction, I personally expect a better concept than what we get from this novel.

It was difficult to believe it was written by a girl raised in a cage who could barely read and write, esp. since the prose is so good. But, overall this is an interesting novel that leaves you frustrated and with a lot to think about. It just isn't as polished as I wanted it to be.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 21 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 4, 2024 |



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