Jokha Alharthi, an Omani author, won on Wednesday the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies. Alharthi became the first Arab woman writer to get this prize.
“It’s a sensitive subject and kind of a taboo,” the Omani author said in an interview. “I think literature is the best platform to discuss sensitive issues, and slavery is not exclusive to Oman. It’s part of human history,” she added.
Who is Jokha Alharthi
Alharthi, who got her PhD in Classical Arabic Literature from Edinburgh University, is an Omani writer and academic. She wrote about three novels; “Narinjah,” “Sayyidat al-Qamar,” and “Manamat.” Overall, she published ten books.
The academic writer published three collections of short stories and another collection of poems.
People on social media platforms interacted with the prize by sharing videos and photos of Alharthi on Twitter.
First female Omani novelist ever to be translated into English.. Huge congrats to Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth! https://t.co/FRKDxZome9
— Victoria Weavil (@VictoriaWeavil) May 22, 2019
Wonderful to see my former PhD advisee Jokha Alharthi winning the much deserved Booker Int'l, along with my brilliant former colleague Marilyn Booth. Mabruk to both! https://t.co/SQWUoVL007
— kamran rastegar كامران رستگار (@kdrastegar) May 22, 2019
— Khalifa Alharthy (@KhalifaAlharthy) May 22, 2019
— Subat (@bookishmuslim) May 21, 2019
Congrats to the Omani novelist Jokha AlHarthi for winning the Man Booker International prize 2019, we are all proud of you😭🌟 pic.twitter.com/r1ieIs1lYJ
— Sara Alkindi (@__sara_18) May 21, 2019
— Kay Farrell (@k_a_farrell) May 21, 2019
— Truda Spruyt (@TrudaSpruyt) May 21, 2019
Wow! Celestial Bodies just won the Man Booker International Prize 2019!
Congratulations Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth and @sandstonepress
I'm partway through reading this epic story of family and rapid social change. pic.twitter.com/T3wGhpCeEP
— Eric Karl Anderson (@lonesomereader) May 21, 2019