The Man Booker International Prize 2019 Winner Announced

The winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates the best literature in translation, has been announced. We are very excited for Jokha Alharthi (the first Omani woman to have her novel translated into English) and her prize-winning title, Celestial Bodies. Congratulations also go to translator Marilyn Booth. The novel, set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, reflects the lives of three sisters while also illuminating the history and complex cultural identity of their country.

Congrats to all the authors and translators on the shortlist, presented below.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Poland)

The Pine Islands, by Marion Poschmann and translated by Jen Calleja (Germany)

The Remainder, by Alia Trabucco Zerán and translated by Sophie Hughes (Chile and Italy)

The Shape of the Ruins, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez and translated by Anne McLean (Colombia)

The Years, by Annie Ernaux and translated by Alison L. Strayer (France)

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