Sandstone Press

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi: Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

Celestial Bodies, written by Jokha Alharthi and translated by Marilyn Booth, has been longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The judges described the book as 'a richly imagined, engaging and poetic insight into a society in transition and into lives previously obscured.'

Sandstone’s Managing Director, Robert Davidson, says ‘We are delighted with this recognition of the work of Jokha Alharthi and her gifted and distinguished translator, Marilyn Booth. We are incredibly proud of our part in bringing this talented novelist to the attention of Europe and the world. This is a fine novel that makes real a history and a people and their possible futures.’

Alharthi is equally delighted with the news. ‘I am absolutely thrilled that Celestial Bodies has been longlisted for the Man Booker international prize. It is a great honour and an opportunity for Omani literature to be read and appreciated by a wider audience.‘

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About the book

Elegantly structured, Celestial Bodies is the story of the history and people of modern Oman told through one family’s losses and loves. It won The Best Omani Novel prize in 2010 when it was published in Arabic.

‘Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.’

- Muhammad Barrada

Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.’

- Ibrahim al-Hajari

‘Compelling...’

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