The author of Malayalam novel, Aadu Jeevitham, Beniyaman Benny has won 2019 Muttathu Varkey Award.
Beniyamin, the expatriate Malayalam writer, who is the winner of the JCB Prize for Literature in 2018 and other accolades, has earned eternal fame with his debut novel, Aadu Jeevitham, which has now been earned him the coveted 28th Muttathu Varki Award. The Award includes the C.P. Nair’s innovation of Statue and certification along with Rs.50,000 cash prize. K.R. Meera, the author of Malayalam novel, Aarachar; N. Sasidharan, Professor N.V. Narayanan were the jury members who selected the final winner. On May 28, 2019 the death anniversary of the late Malayalam writer, Muttathu Varkey, an event has been organised in Pandalam, in Pathanamthitta District of Kerala, the awards would be presented. Sreekumaran Thampi, Convenor of Muttathu Varkey, will confer the Award to Benny.
Born in 1971 as Benny Daniel, Benyamin hails from Nhettur village, near Kulanada in Pandalam, Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. From 1992 to 2013, he worked in Bahrain, like his compatriots from Kerala. Even while he was working in the desert Kingdom in the Middle East, Benyamin used to write regulary in all major publications in Malayalam.
Aadu Jeevitham, which means Goat Days in English is his masterpiece novel, which tells the story of an Indian labourer in Saudi Arabia, which later became a rage among the Malayalam readers. What is more, this novel was later used as text book at Kerala University, Calicut University, Bharathiar University, Pondicheery University in addition to the Class X for Kerala State Syllabus.
Another work of Benyamin, Jasmine Days, published by Juggernaut Books last year, which was translated by Shahnaz Habib had bagged the inaugural JCB Prize for Literature, the richest literary prize in India. Originally written in Malayalam language, the book, which was translated by Shahnaz Habib in English became a rage. While announcing the most expensive literary award in India by the Chairperson of the Jury, Vivek Shanbag, author of Ghachar Ghochar said that it was a brilliant and intense novel. Jasmine Days tell the story of a young woman by name Sameera Parvin, who moves to a middle eastern city and find hersof in the middle of a revolution. Furthermore, the story involves around the Jasmine Revolution that sprang up in December 2010 that was suppressed in January 2011.
- 2009 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, winner, Aadujeevitham
- 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize, longlist, Goat Days
- 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, shortlist, Goat Days
- 2015 Padmaprabha Literary Award
- 2018 JCB Prize for Literature, winner, Jasmine Days
- 2018 Crossword Book Award for Indian language translation, winner ‘’Jasmine days’’
- Goat Days (Aadujeevitham) (novel)
- Abeesagin (a name from the Old Testament) (novel)
- Pravachakanmarude Randam Pustakam (The Second Book of Prophets) (novel)
- Akkapporinte Irupatu Nasrani Varshangal (Twenty Years of Christian Quarrels) (novel)
- Manja Veyil Maranangal (Yellow Lights of Death) (novel)
- Al Arabian Novel Factory, Mullappoo Niramulla Pakalukal (novels)
- Euthanasia (Mercy Killing) (collection of short stories)
- Penmarattam (Ladies Sex) (collection of short stories)
- EMS um Penkuttiyum (EMS and the Girl) (collection of short stories)
- Irunda Vanasthalikal (Dark Forest Places) (notes)
- Anubhavam, Ormma, Yaathra (Experience, Memories & Travel)
- Irattamukhamulla Nagaram (travel)
- Manthalirile 20 communist varshangal
- Shareera Shasthram
- Jasmine Days, translated by Shahnaz Habib (Novel)