Man Booker International Prize 2019: Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies


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.

Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes presented the prize at a ceremony at the Roundhouse in London.

She said of the winning book: “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.

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