The Book of Joan Setting

Lidia Yuknavitch
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CIEL

CIEL is a space station that houses survivors from a series of cataclysms that occurred on Earth. The inhabitants of CIEL live under the dictatorship of Jean de Men and his followers who have enacted strict rules and regulations. Talking about Joan is against the law, as is anything related to sex. Christine and Trinculo are thrown in CIEL's prison, the Panopticon, for sexual misconduct. When inhabitants turn 50 they are killed in order to save resources for the younger survivors. Scientists on CIEL are conducting (often inhumane) experiments to create synthetic animal life forms and discover a new means of human reproduction. CIEL is described by Christine as looking like "too many fingers on a ghost-white hand" [5].

Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France

Joan (like the real-life Joan of Arc) is from Domrémy-la-Pucelle. Christine narrates her childhood years in its idyllic setting. Joan is in the forest of Domrémy-la-Pucelle...

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