Man Booker International Prize: Jokha Alharthi winner

Jokha Alharthi, an author from Oman won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her Arabic novel “Celestial Bodies“.

About Jokha Alharthi

  • The Omanis author won Man Booker International Prize for her Arabic novel titled “Celestial Bodies”. It is a story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and complex modern world.
  • She became the first Arabic language writer to win this award.
  • Alharthi will share her prize money with her UK-based translator named Marilyn Booth.

About Man Booker International Prize

  • It is an international literary award sponsored by the ‘Man Group’, which is the same organisation that gives Man Booker Prize for fiction. It is counterpart to Man Booker Prize for English-language novels.
  • Criteria: It is an annual award, given for a single work of fiction in any language. It is open to books in any language that have been translated into English and published in the United Kingdom in the last year.
  • Cash prize: It carries a cash prize of 50,000 pounds (or US $64,000) for winning title, which is shared equally between author and translator.



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