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Oman author Jokha Al Harthi wins Booker International Prize

Oman author Jokha Al Harthi wins Booker International Prize

Omani author Jokha Alharthi has become the first Arabic-language writer to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for Celestial Bodies, a novel that deals with family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three sisters.

Alharthi's book beat five other shortlisted novels from Europe and South America to take the prize, which celebrates translated fiction from around the world and included a $64,000 award divided equally between author and translator.

She studied classical Arabic poetry at Edinburgh University and teaches at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman's capital, Muscat.

Alharthi's translator was US academic Marilyn Booth, who teaches Arabic literature at Oxford University.

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