NEWS

Monday
May062013

Message from Executive Director of the Prize, Prof. David Parker

Monday 6 May 2013

Just six weeks ago on stage at The Peninsula Hotel, Tan Twan Eng received the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his stunning second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists. “I’ve often been asked in interviews, ‘How important are literary prizes to a writer?’” quipped Twan as he collected his award, “And I always reply, ‘Extremely!’”

Since that night our 2012 winner has been finding out first hand. He has been kept busy with a constant stream of media interviews and literary festival invitations, including to the prestigious Hay-on-Wye Festival in the UK. We are thrilled to hear that his publishers, Canongate/Myrmidon, have decided to reprint the winning novel and that sales of the book have increased dramatically.

It is not only the winner who has been kept busy. Many of our other shortlisted writers have been flat out attending speaking events.

And here at the Asian Literary Prize the team and I have been working hard on securing a new sponsorship deal. We initially hoped to make an announcement at the end of April, but our negotiations with potential sponsors are continuing, which may mean some adjustments to the timing of the 2013 Asian Literary Prize award cycle.

We will make an announcement about the 2013 Prize here as soon as we can. In the meantime watch this space. And thank you for your continued support of the Asian Literary Prize!

Best wishes,

Prof. David Parker

Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize

Thursday
Mar142013

Tan Twan Eng scoops Asia’s top literary prize 

2012 Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 

Tan Twan Eng scoops Asia’s top literary prize for The Garden of Evening Mists

Tan Twan Eng, 2012 MALP Winner & Pierre Lagrange, Chairman of Man Asia (Photo Credit: Johnny Gin)

Tan Twan Eng for The Garden of Evening Mists (Photo Credit: Johnny Gin)

HONG KONG – Tan Twan Eng was announced tonight as the winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize, becoming the first Malaysian author to win Asia’s most prestigious literary prize.

The author won with his novel The Garden of Evening Mists, which is only the second time the Man Asian Literary Prize has been won by a novel originally written in English. All previous winners, except Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco (2008), won as English translations. 

The novel, set during the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaya, won the USD 30,000 award, from a shortlist of five books spanning the whole Asian continent.

The five shortlisted novels, selected from a longlist of 15, are: 

-         Between Clay and Dust - Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan)

-         The Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami (Japan)

-         Silent House - Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

-         The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)

-         Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil (India)

Award winning literary critic and journalist Dr. Maya Jaggi was chair of the 2012 judging panel. Joining Jaggi as Prize judges for 2012 were award winning Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong and novelist Vikram Chandra, most notably winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Chair Judge, Dr Maya Jaggi, said, “I have experience of judging many literary awards. But our task as a jury was exceptionally difficult, as well as gratifying, because of the outstanding quality and originality of the novels in contention from across Asia, and the strength of our shortlist. 

The winner, The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, revisits the traumatic aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaya, and the post-war insurgency against British rule, with stylistic poise and probing intelligence. Taking its aesthetic cues from the artful deceptions of Japanese landscape gardening, it opens up a startling perspective on converging histories, using the feints and twists of fiction to explore its themes of personal and national honour; love and atonement; memory and forgetting; and the disturbing co-existence of cultural refinement and barbarism.

The layering of historical periods is intricate, the descriptions of highland Malaysia are richly evocative, and the characterisation is both dark and compelling. Guarding its mysteries until the very end, this is a novel of subtle power and redemptive grace.”

Professor David Parker, Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize, the organising body of the award, said, “Achieved with the seemingly effortless poise of a remarkable fictional artistry, Tan Twan Eng’s winning novel will be prized by all those who cannot resist the mastery of language.”

Last year’s winner, Please Look After Mom by South Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin has gone on to sell over 2m copies worldwide. Previous winners of the Prize include Bi Feiyu (2010), Su Tong (2009), Miguel Syjuco (2008) and Jiang Rong (2007).

Following the announcement of the 2012 winner, the current sponsor Man Group will relinquish its title sponsorship. For 2013, a new title sponsor will sponsor the Asian Literary Prize. Negotiations with interested sponsors are currently ongoing, with an announcement to be made late April 2013.

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday
Feb202013

Event: In Conversation with the 2012 Shortlisted Writers

Saturday
Jan122013

2012 Man Asian Literary Prize Shortlist Announcement

January 9, 2013

London & Hong Kong - Man offices

http://youtu.be/52AL7Oywd5U

Wednesday
Jan092013

Man Asian Literary Prize brings pan-Asian perspective to bear on 5 shortlisted novels 

Five novels showcasing the diversity and depth of writing from Istanbul to Tokyo were announced today as the shortlist for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize was revealed, listing distinctive and celebrated writers for the first time in a region-wide context.

The shortlist, which includes writers from five different countries, champions a debut novelist alongside a Nobel laureate, translated work as well as original writing in English, and includes smaller regional publishers as well as larger international houses.

The five shortlisted novels, selected from a longlist of 15, are:

Between Clay and Dust - Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan)

The Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami (Japan)

Silent House - Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)

Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil (India)

Award winning literary critic and journalist Dr. Maya Jaggi is chair of the 2012 judging panel. Joining Jaggi as Prize judges for 2012 are award winning Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong and novelist Vikram Chandra, most notably winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The Prize judges’ comments on each of the individual books can be found below.

Professor David Parker, Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize, the organising body of the award, said, “Several of these writers have been celebrated in their own countries and recognized internationally, but never before have we viewed them collectively as Asian writers. The Man Asian Literary Prize is the only award that places Asian authors from across the whole breadth of the region side by side and gives readers a fresh perspective on the best fiction from our part of the world. Our Prize judges have once again chosen a remarkable selection of books, and I look forward to welcoming all our shortlisted writers to Hong Kong in just a few weeks’ time.”

The winner, who will receive USD 30,000, will be announced on March 14th 2013 at a black tie Prize Dinner in Hong Kong, the home of the Prize. The translator, if any, will receive USD 5,000.

Last year’s winner, Please Look After Mom by South Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin has gone on to sell over 2m copies worldwide. Previous winners of the Prize include Bi Feiyu (2010), Su Tong (2009), Miguel Syjuco (2008) and Jiang Rong (2007).

Following the announcement of the 2012 winner in March 2013, the current sponsor Man Group will relinquish its title sponsorship. As of April 2013 a new title sponsor will sponsor the Asian Literary Prize. Negotiations with interested sponsors are currently ongoing, with an announcement to be made late April 2013.

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