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May 22, 2019

Meet the Winner of Man Booker International prize 2019 : Jokha Alharthi (Celestial Bodies)

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Omani writer and academic Jokha al-Harthi has won the prestegious Man Booker International prize 2019 for her novel 'Celestial Bodies'. With this, Alharthi became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize.

About the Author :

Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children's book and three novels in Arabic. She obtained her PhD in classical Arabic literature from Edinburgh University. She is currently an associate professor in the Arabic department at Sultan Qaboos University.

Alharthi shares the prestegious 50,000-pound (Over 44 lakh rupees) award with her translator U.S. academic Marilyn Booth, who teaches Arabic literature at Oxford University.

About the Novel :

The novel “Celestial Bodies” reveals Alharthi's Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation. This novel is set in the Omani village of al-Awafi and follows the stories of three sisters: Mayya, who marries into a rich family after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries for duty; and Khawla, waiting for a man who has emigrated to Canada. The three sisters witness Oman's evolution from a traditional, slave-owning society to a complex modernity.

The Chair of judges for the prize, historian Bettany Hughes said Celestial Bodies was “a richly imagined, engaging and poetic insight into a society in transition and into lives previously obscured”.

Important Note : Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won last year's Man Booker International Prize 2018 for her novel titled 'Flights'. 

Quick Review :

  • Award : Man Booker International Prize 2019
  • Winner Name : Jokha Alharthi  [Shortcut tip : Remember Indian name Harthi]
  • Book : Celestial Bodies
  • Shares with : Marilyn Booth - English Translator of the Book [Shortcut tip : Remember Milk Booth]
Check the Difference between Man Booker and Man Booker International Prizes from HERE

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