Oman’s Jokha Alharthi and Translator Marilyn Booth Win the 2019 Man Booker International Prize
Becoming the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International Prize — and the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English — Jokha Alharthi has become, with translator Marilyn Booth, the winner of the 2019 honor at the program’s ceremony tonight (May 21) at London’s Roundhouse.
Altharthi’s »Celestial Bodies« (Sandstone Press, 2018) takes the £50,000 (US$63,500) purse, and she and Booth split the prize money, as is the tradition of the award. Each shortlisted author and translator has also received a further £1,000 for being shortlisted (US$1,270).
Jokha Alharthi is a native and resident of Oman and is the author of two collections of short fiction, a children’s book, and three novels in Arabic.