Oman’s Jokha Alharthi became the first Arabic-language author to win the Man Booker International Prize for her book ‘Celestial Bodies’.
The book narrates the story of three sisters of a desert country fighting its slave-owning past and the complexities of the modern world.
“Celestial Bodies is a book to win over the head and heart in equal measure,” said historian Bettany Hughes, who led the judging panel.
Alharthi will split her prize money 50000 pounds (64,000 USD) with Marilyn Booth- her UK-base translator.
Jokha Alharthi is the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English.
It may be mentioned here that Man Booker International Prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize, where the former is open to books in any language translated into English whereas the latter is open for English-language novels.