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Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi has won the Man Booker 2019 International Prize

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi has won the Man Booker 2019 International Prize

The Man Booker Prize has today announced that Celestial Bodies, written by Jokha Alharthi and translated from Arabic by Marilyn Booth, has won the international prize for 2019

The novel was chosen from a shortlist of celebrated translated fiction from the past year, including The Years by Annie Ernaux, The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán. 

Author Jokha Alharthi is the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, and the first author from the Arabian Golf to win the Man Booker International Prize. 

Celestial Bodies chronicles the coming-of-age of three Omani sisters against the backdrop of an Oman which is redifining itself after a colonial past. Upon announcing the winner, Bettany Hughes commented of the novel, "Its delicate artistry draws us into a richly imagined community — opening out to tackle profound questions of time and mortality and disturbing aspects of our shared history [...] Celestial Bodies evokes the forces that constrain us and those that set us free."