Goat Days was published to acclaim in Malayalam and became a bestseller. One of the brilliant new talents of Malayalam literature, Benyamin’s tender telling transforms this strange and bitter comedy of Najeeb s life in the desert into a universal tale of loneliness and alienation.
Najeeb’s dearest wish is to work in the Gulf and earn enough money to send back home. He seldom realized the pay he had to incur to fulfill his dreams, a series of incidents, grim and absurd, landed him as a slave-like existence herding goats in the middle of the Saudi desert.
In the end, the lonely young man contrives a hazardous scheme to escape his desert prison.
GOAT DAYS -It’s original Malayalam title is AADUJEEVITHAM. This grate novel was published in Malayalam on 2008 by BENYAMIN. He also won the KERALA LITERACY ACADEMY AWARD for this extraordinary writing. And the English translation of the novel for Penguin Book is done by Dr. Joseph Koyippally.
Benyamin was born in the year 1971, in Kerala, with the birth name Benny Daniel. He has been writing for various Malayalam publications since the age of 20. He moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1992.