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Writer Jokha Al-Harthy wins the Arabic Literature Prize in France



Asma Saad


Posted on: Friday, November 26, 2021 – 11:51 PM | Last update: Friday, November 26, 2021 – 11:51 PM

The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris announced on Friday that the Omani writer and novelist Jokha Al-Harthi, for her novel “Ladies of the Moon,” won the first prize for Arabic literature in France.

The novel “Ladies of the Moon” competed among eight other Arab novels translated into French or written in French, namely: “The Eggplant Theory” by Laila Bashin (Morocco), “Mr. Noun” by Najwa Barakat (Lebanon), and “The Silence of the Horizons” by Biruk (Mauritania). , “A Perfect Day to Die” by Samir Kassimy (Algeria), “The Last Oasis” by Sherif Majdalani (Lebanon), “The Critical Case of the Called Kaf” by Aziz Muhammad (Saudi Arabia), and “A Simple Detail” by Adania Shibli (Palestine).

It is worth noting that Jokha Al-Harthy’s winning of this award comes two years after she won the Man Booker International Prize in 2019, where Jokha Al-Harthy became the first Arab character to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel “Ladies of the Moon”, in partnership with the American Academy Marilyn Booth, who translated the novel From Arabic to English, the novel was a bestseller in the United States, Australia, India and Canada.

The rights to translate “Ladies of the Moon” have been sold into 21 languages, including French, German, Russian, Chinese, Swedish, Turkish, Azeri, Portuguese and Greek.

Among these translations, the translation of Ladies of the Moon and Naranga into the Malayalam (India), the translation of the Ladies of the Moon into Russian, the Croatian translation of the Ladies of the Moon, as well as the Portuguese and Portuguese translations for Brazil, the Bulgarian translation, the Greek translation, and the Persian translation were issued.

Jokha Al-Harthy is an Omani writer and academic, educated in Oman and the United Kingdom. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Arabic Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Arabic Language at Sultan Qaboos University.

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