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Celestial Bodies

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars3.5/5 (62 ratings)
Length: 263 pages4 hours

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The first Arabic book to win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first female Omani writer to be translated into English Previous winners of the Man Booker International Prize include Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, and The Vegetarian by Han Kang Celestial Bodies invites readers into a world very rarely depicted for English language readers, Oman, both in its modern-day moment and in its fraught historical journey into a 21st century nation located on the most important oil transport waterway in the world. The novel also offers a non-Western demonstration a feminist perspective and non-Western critique of patriarchy as well as a non-Western exploration of freedom and self-determination The moving, intergenerational, and interconnected narratives will appeal to readers of literary family sagas, literature in translation, Arabic voices, and more Catapult editor in chief Jonathan Lee won the American publication rights to Celestial Bodies in an auction
Bookseller Praise for Celestial Bodies "Jokha Alharthi is a major author. And Celestial Bodies is a monumental achievement." —Spencer Ruchti, Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, MA) "Through the shimmering, quietly majestic portraits of three Omani sisters and their extended families, Jokha Alharthi manages to capture an entire country in the midst of swift and sweeping transformation. As these sisters grapple with their own desires and the deeply embedded expectations of their society and culture, Alharthi unearths the powerful emotions that thrive and fester in the rifts between generations—the envy, for instance, of the downtrodden old for the free young, or the latter's resentment and shame under the pressure of timeless traditions. Alharthi writes with such grace and fluidity that one might imagine her working not with a pen but a paintbrush, from which broad swaths of starlight and shadow and silk trail in breathtaking, hypnotic patterns. At once expansive and microscopic, dazzling and dark, Celestial Bodies announces an artist of formidable deftness, compassion, and intelligence." —Ben Newgard, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC) "Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies is a work to behold. Set in Oman—a country that didn’t formally abolish slavery until 1970—this novel spans decades and generations, all against the backdrop of the nation’s cultural and political transformations. In crisp prose, Alharthi (via translator Marilyn Booth) traces the contours of Oman’s changes through the daily goings-on of one upper-class family living in the rural village of al-Awafi. Celestial Bodies’s compassionate grasp of history warrants comparisons to the best works by Kundera and Márquez. But ultimately, this novel’s vision is its own, and its voice that of an essential new literary star." —Joshua Cuevas, Out West Books (Grand Junction, CO) "An immersion into the generational changes of Omani culture, with a beautifully written narrative that keeps haunting me ever since I completed the book. This is the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019, and it sneaks up on you as the characters develop and their secrets are told. Your patience will be rewarded. Highly recommend." —Todd Miller, Arcadia Books (Spring Green, WI) "A must-read for everyone. The beauty in the different voices as they tell their stories is unsurpassed as the characters describe their perspective." —Kristen Kuehnle, Fine Print Booksellers (Kennebunkport, ME) "Jokha Alharthi's Man Booker International Prize–winning novel Celestial Bodies, translated by Marilyn Booth, carries heavy political and even historical weight with it, as the first novel by an Omani woman ever to be translated into English. It's a moving, intriguing, inventive entry into the new canon of contemporary Arabic literature in translation. Told by a wide cast of narrators in alternating chapters, the novel sketches a wide lan
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Celestial Bodies

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Celestial Bodies

Ratings:
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars3.5/5 (62 ratings)
Length: 263 pages4 hours

Description

The first Arabic book to win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first female Omani writer to be translated into English Previous winners of the Man Booker International Prize include Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, and The Vegetarian by Han Kang Celestial Bodies invites readers into a world very rarely depicted for English language readers, Oman, both in its modern-day moment and in its fraught historical journey into a 21st century nation located on the most important oil transport waterway in the world. The novel also offers a non-Western demonstration a feminist perspective and non-Western critique of patriarchy as well as a non-Western exploration of freedom and self-determination The moving, intergenerational, and interconnected narratives will appeal to readers of literary family sagas, literature in translation, Arabic voices, and more Catapult editor in chief Jonathan Lee won the American publication rights to Celestial Bodies in an auction
Bookseller Praise for Celestial Bodies "Jokha Alharthi is a major author. And Celestial Bodies is a monumental achievement." —Spencer Ruchti, Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, MA) "Through the shimmering, quietly majestic portraits of three Omani sisters and their extended families, Jokha Alharthi manages to capture an entire country in the midst of swift and sweeping transformation. As these sisters grapple with their own desires and the deeply embedded expectations of their society and culture, Alharthi unearths the powerful emotions that thrive and fester in the rifts between generations—the envy, for instance, of the downtrodden old for the free young, or the latter's resentment and shame under the pressure of timeless traditions. Alharthi writes with such grace and fluidity that one might imagine her working not with a pen but a paintbrush, from which broad swaths of starlight and shadow and silk trail in breathtaking, hypnotic patterns. At once expansive and microscopic, dazzling and dark, Celestial Bodies announces an artist of formidable deftness, compassion, and intelligence." —Ben Newgard, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC) "Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies is a work to behold. Set in Oman—a country that didn’t formally abolish slavery until 1970—this novel spans decades and generations, all against the backdrop of the nation’s cultural and political transformations. In crisp prose, Alharthi (via translator Marilyn Booth) traces the contours of Oman’s changes through the daily goings-on of one upper-class family living in the rural village of al-Awafi. Celestial Bodies’s compassionate grasp of history warrants comparisons to the best works by Kundera and Márquez. But ultimately, this novel’s vision is its own, and its voice that of an essential new literary star." —Joshua Cuevas, Out West Books (Grand Junction, CO) "An immersion into the generational changes of Omani culture, with a beautifully written narrative that keeps haunting me ever since I completed the book. This is the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019, and it sneaks up on you as the characters develop and their secrets are told. Your patience will be rewarded. Highly recommend." —Todd Miller, Arcadia Books (Spring Green, WI) "A must-read for everyone. The beauty in the different voices as they tell their stories is unsurpassed as the characters describe their perspective." —Kristen Kuehnle, Fine Print Booksellers (Kennebunkport, ME) "Jokha Alharthi's Man Booker International Prize–winning novel Celestial Bodies, translated by Marilyn Booth, carries heavy political and even historical weight with it, as the first novel by an Omani woman ever to be translated into English. It's a moving, intriguing, inventive entry into the new canon of contemporary Arabic literature in translation. Told by a wide cast of narrators in alternating chapters, the novel sketches a wide lan
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