Author - JOKHA ALHARTHI
Jokha Alharthi from Oman won the Man Booker International Prize in 2019, making her the first Arabic-language writer to win the prestigious award. Alharthi won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies", which is translated to English by Marilyn Booth. Alharthi has written two novels, two short-story collections and a children’s book besides "Celestial Bodies", which is originally written in Arabic. The book is about three sisters living in a rapidly changing Oman. One marries for duty, the other one marries into a wealthy family after having a heart break and the last one saves herself for love. As we follow their lives, we see Oman change, shaking off its colonial shackles and move into the modern era.