Goat Days which is the English translation of Benyamin's hottest selling Malayalam novel Aadujeevitham. It is a moving story about one of the great human concerns of the present century: migration in search of a better life. Benyamin who lives in Bahrain since 1992 is from Kulanada, Pathanamthitta.
Jeet Thayil born in Kerala, India in 1959 and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Mumbai. He is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist as well as a writer, and has published four collections of poetry.
Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne. Her first novel, Saraswati Park, was published by 4th Estate in 2010; it won the Betty Trask Prize, Desmond Elliott Prize, and Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction in India.
The long-listed novels for the Man Asian Literary Prize are:
Goat Days – Benyamin (India)
Between Clay and Dust - Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan)
Another Country - Anjali Joseph (India)
The Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami (Japan)
Thinner Than Skin - Uzma Aslam Khan (Pakistan)
Ru - Kim Thúy (Vietnam / Canada*)
Black Flower - Young-Ha Kim (South Korea)
Island of a Thousand Mirrors - Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)
Silent House - Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
Honour - Elif Shafak (Turkey)
Northern Girls - Sheng Keyi (China)
The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)
The Road To Urbino – Roma Tearne (Sri Lanka / U.K.)
Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil (India)
The Bathing Women – Tie Ning (China)
The 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize was won by South Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin for her novel "Please Look After Mom".