Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada.
These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.
Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'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' - The Wee Review
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