Jokha Alharthi becomes first Arabic author to win Man Booker prize
Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction
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Last Updated at May 23, 2019 01:45 IST
has become the first Arabic author
to win the Man Booker International prize
for her novel Celestial Bodies which reveals her Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation.
"I am thrilled that a window has been opened to the rich Arabic culture," Alharthi, 40, told reporters after the ceremony at the Roundhouse in London on Tuesday. Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children's book and three novels in Arabic. She studied classical Arabic poetry
at Edinburgh University and teaches at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. "Oman inspired me but I think international readers can relate to the human values in the book — freedom and love," she said.
First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 01:45 IST