Man Booker International Prize 2019

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Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 3:35pm

Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies

Omani author becomes first Arabic-language writer to scoop accolade alongside translator


An author from Oman has become the first Arabic-language writer to win the Man Booker International Prize with Celestial Bodies.

Jokha Alharthi’s winning novel tells the story of three sisters and a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world.

The author plans to split the £50,000 prize money with her translator, US academic professor Marilyn Booth. 

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