Celestial Bodies (Paperback)
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Celestial Bodies (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 21/06/2018
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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
ISBN: 9781912240166
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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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“Compelling!”

Thank you to the publisher for this review copy.
When I saw it on the Man Booker International long list for 2019 I was very intrigued by it!
Finished it in a couple of sittings, addictive, compelling, informative and... More

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“A novel of generational OMAN”

On TripFiction we haven’t to date on our blog featured a novel that is set in Oman, and so I was keen to read Celestial Bodies and delve a little into an unknown world and culture. It is set in the village of al-Awafi... More

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