#JokhaAlharthi first Arabic author to win prestigious Man Booker International prize 2019 for ‘Celestial Bodies’, Pics

Jokha Alharthi, an author from Oman has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize 2019 for ‘Celestial Bodies’. The book is a story of three sisters and of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world.
Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pound (USD64,000) purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth.
Historian Bettany Hughes, who led the judging panel, said Tuesday that the winning novel was “a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure.” ‘Celestial Bodies’ beat five other finalists from Europe and South America, including last year’s winner, Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk.

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We’re delighted to announce our #MBI2019 winner is Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth and published by Sandstone Press. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2VPQxBf
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Omani author Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic-language writer to win the Man Booker International Prize

The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that have been translated into English.

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#JokhaAlharthi is the first Arabic author to win the prestigious Man Booker International prize. Hailing from Oman, this author’s book Celestial Bodies has found a place in many people’s hearts. #womenwriters