Oman author Jokha Alharthi wins Booker International Prize
- An author from Oman has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for “Celestial Bodies”, the story of three sisters 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 pounds or 64,000 US dollar purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth.
- 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.
- The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that has been translated into English.
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