Jokha Alharthi Is Man Booker International Prize’s First Arabic Winner

Jokha Alharthi Is Man Booker International Prize’s First Arabic Winner

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Jokha Alharthi has made literary history as the Man Booker International Prize’s first Arabic winner.   The Independent Celestial Bodies follows, according to Amazon, “Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada,” as their homeland of Oman transitions from a slave trading center into an oil producer. Upon publication, the book received rave reviews with The National noting “it ­continually re-­evaluates both present and past” and with the Irish Times stating it “brings a distinctive and important new voice to world literature.” …

Man Booker International Shortlist Dominated By Women Authors

Man Booker International Shortlist Dominated By Women Authors

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Girl power! Women have dominated the Man Booker International Shortlist, with five female authors and an all-female cast of translators up for the £50,000 prize. According to this article from the Guardian have never so many women shortlisted before, with the prestigious award in fiction having underrepresented women in the past but has never had some many women shortlisted before. Women authors have been systematically underrepresented in translation before but the chief judges of this latest gathering claim the dominance of women was merely a ‘happy coincidence’ and ‘not political.’   Image via The guardian The women up for nomination include …