21 mei 2019 | De Man Booker International Prize 2019 is gewonnen door ‘Celestial Bodies’, geschreven door Jokha Alharthi en uit het Arabisch vertaald door Marilyn Booth. De prijs van £50.000 wordt gelijk verdeeld tussen auteur en vertaler.
Sandstone Press, 2018
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Celestial Bodies tells of family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three Omani sisters. It is set against the backdrop of an evolving Oman, which is slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, at the crossroads of its complex present.
Jokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, is the first author from the Arabian Gulf to win the prize. The author of two other novels, two collections of short fiction and a children’s book, her work has been published in English, German, Italian, Korean, and Serbian. An award-winning author, she has been shortlisted for the Sahikh Zayed Award for Young Writers and won the 2010 Best Omani Novel Award for Celestial Bodies.
De andere genomineerden waren:
- The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja (Serpent’s Tail)
- Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean (MacLehose Press)
- The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes (And Other Stories)
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