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Jokha Alharthi

Jokha Alharthi

Jokha Alharthi is the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English, and Celestial Bodies is the first book translated from Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize.

Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children’s book, and three novels in Arabic. Fluent in English, she completed a PhD in Classical Arabic Poetry in Edinburgh, and teaches at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. She has been shortlisted for the Sahikh Zayed Award for Young Writers and her short stories have been published in English, German, Italian, Korean, and Serbian.

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Celestial Bodies by Jokha Aharthi: Winner of The Man Booker International 2019

Celestial Bodies, written by Jokha Alharthi and translated by Marilyn Booth, published by Sandstone Press, has won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The judges called the book ‘A richly...