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Celestial Bodies Paperback – 5 March 2019

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Brings a distinctive and important new voice to world literature.

The Irish Times

A richly imagined, engaging and poetic insight into a society in transition and into lives previously obscured.

The Man Booker International Prize judges

Fascinating.

The Guardian

Alharthi has a strong narrative gift, transporting the reader into all the intimacies of a close-knit family group.

The Bay Magazine

It skilfully builds suspense by creating “Aha!” moments as characters come to better understand their pasts.

-- Marcia Lynx Qualey ― The National

Finished it in a couple of sittings, addictive, compelling, informative and completely fascinating to read! Definitely recommend it, fingers crossed it appears on the short list too.

-- Fiona Sharp ― Independent Book Reviews

A beautifully written and very moving story.

-- Nicola Sturgeon ― Twitter

‘Compelling...’

Women In Translation

Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.

-- Muhammad Barrada

Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.

-- Ibrahim al-Hajari

This novel is interesting as a lens through which to view an important time in the transition of Omani society.

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About the Author

Jokha Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children’s book, and three novels in Arabic. Fluent in English, she completed a PhD in Classical Arabic Poetry in Edinburgh, and teaches at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. She has been shortlisted for the Sahikh Zayed Award for Young Writers and her short stories have been published in English, German, Italian, Korean, and Serbian.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sandstone Press (5 March 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1912240165
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1912240166
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm
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Ralph Blumenau
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting depiction of Omani society, ruined for me by manner in which it is written
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4.0 out of 5 stars Omanian Gem!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oman Meets the Modern World
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too disjointed a storyline.
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