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.” …