Marilyn Booth on Man Booker International shortlist

11th April 2019


Congratulations to Magdalen Fellow Professor Marilyn Booth who has been jointly shortlisted for the Man Booker International prize for her translation of Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharti.

The book centres on three sisters, Mayya, Asma, and Khawla, who live in al-Awafi a village in Oman. Mayya marries after a heartbreak, Asma marries from a sense of duty, and Khawla rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. It is the story of the history and people of modern Oman told through one family’s losses and loves.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 21 May.