The boat trip between Indonesia and that country "did not go as planned and was detained for trying to enter without a visa," pending a response six years ago, "along with 600 other refugees," reports the Leya Group.
According to its editors, Boochani was initially sent to a detention center, where he spent five years, but later moved to "an alternative accommodation on the island" where he remains detained.
The main purpose of “Alone in the Mountains” is that “the rest of the world knows what is happening on the islands of Manus and Nauru, 'a system that tortures innocent people'” reads the presentation.
This "is the voice of a witness, an act of survival, a lyrical account in the first person, a shout of resistance, a vivid portrait of five years of exile and imprisonment," continues the introductory text.
"I don't want to talk about literature, I just want to say that I think of the literary community as part of Australia's civil society. It's part of our resistance against the system, and I think it's very valuable," said the writer, in a message reproduced by the organization of the National Biography award.
The Portuguese publishing group told Lusa to have been happy for the new prize awarded to the work, which tells an important story today.
Manus detention center closed in 2017, but Boochani is part of a group of 600 people who remain on the island in refugee camps unable to go to Australia, which refuses to accommodate people trying to enter the country by sea.
In 2012, Australia resumed its policy of detaining the "undocumented" in other countries, under conditions that have been denounced by international bodies, including the United Nations.