Tan Twan Eng
The Garden of Evening Mists, 2012 Winner
Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child.
He studied law through the University of London and later worked as lawyer in one of Kuala Lumpur’s most reputable law firms. He also has a first-dan ranking in aikido and is a strong proponent for the conservation of heritage buildings.
His debut novel The Gift of Rain was published by Myrmidon in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
He has spent the last year traveling around South Africa and currently lives in Cape Town.
Tan Twan Eng returns to Malaya for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists; his critically acclaimed debut, The Gift of Rain told of the traumas and dilemmas of a young Anglo-Chinese boy during the horrors of the Japanese occupation.
After helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, young law graduate, Yun Ling Teoh, herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of the Cameron Highlands where she grew up as a child. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling asks the gardener, Nakamura Aritomo to create a memorial garden for her sister who died in the camp. H refuses, but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon” so that she can design a garden for herself.
As Yun Ling learns the secrets of the garden while the guerilla was enters its most violent phase, the jungle starts to unwrap secrets of its own. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to be exiled from his homeland? Is Yun Ling’s survival of the Japanese camp somehow connected to the Garden of Evening Mists?
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