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Marilyn Booth wins Man Booker International Prize

21st May 2019

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Congratulations to Magdalen Fellow Professor Marilyn Booth who has been jointly awarded 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.

Marilyn is the fourth member of the Magdalen community to win a Man Booker Prize: Alan Hollinghurst (1972) won in 2004 with The Line of Beauty; Aravind Adiga (1997) won in 2008 with The White Tiger; and Julian Barnes (1964) won in 2011 with The Sense of an Ending.