The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc

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Jeanne is a young woman from rural France. She’s a knight who wears men’s clothing. The English call her Joan of Arc. Jeanne has led France to victory in epic battles. She hears ghostly voices and has unspeakable desires. The English want to burn her. Her king has abandoned her. Her heart has been broken. Her heart cannot be burnt. This is her story, and the story of her beloved.

Ali Alizadeh’s novel The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc is a provocative new portrait of one of history’s most captivating and mysterious figures. Countless books have been written about the young Frenchwoman who claimed to hear the voices of saints, led the armies of France in the war against England in the Middle Ages, and was captured and burnt for heresy by her enemies. Driven by a passion for justice and forbidden desire, her courage changed the course of Western history.

Alizadeh’s innovative storytelling is based on rigorous study of the historical material, and draws on his lifelong fascination with this enigmatic icon. His reimagining of Jeanne’s story weaves together multiple narrative perspectives to illuminate her presence as a figure of history, myth and obsession

 

ISBN : 978-1-925336-40-5
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1 September 2017

Ali Alizadeh writes about history, memory, revolutions and love. He grew up during a war in the Middle East and migrated to Australia as a teenager. He dropped out of a Civil Engineering degree to become an artist. He received a PhD for writing an epic poem about Joan of Arc. He has busked poetry in Melbourne and judged a student debate on Chinese television. He has written novels, plays, collections of poetry and scholarship. His books include Transactions (2013), Ashes in the Air (2011), Iran: My Grandfather (2010) and The New Angel (2008). He lectures at Monash University.

 

 

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Articles and interviews

Ali Alizadeh writes on Joan of Arc in The Conversation
Ali Alizadeh discusses Joan of Arc with Phillip Adams on Late Night Live (ABC Radio National)
Ali Alizadeh on representations of Joan of Arc (Readings)