Malaysian writers gain recognition in global literary scene

The Garden Of Evening Mists, by former lawyer Tan Twan Eng (above), won the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been turned into a film. The Ghost Bride, by former management consultant Yangsze Choo, has been made into a Netflix series.
The Garden Of Evening Mists, by former lawyer Tan Twan Eng (above), won the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been turned into a film. The Ghost Bride, by former management consultant Yangsze Choo, has been made into a Netflix series. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF TAN TWAN ENG, YANGSZE CHOO
The Garden Of Evening Mists, by former lawyer Tan Twan Eng, won the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been turned into a film. The Ghost Bride, by former management consultant Yangsze Choo (above), has been made into a Netflix series.
The Garden Of Evening Mists, by former lawyer Tan Twan Eng, won the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been turned into a film. The Ghost Bride, by former management consultant Yangsze Choo (above), has been made into a Netflix series. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF TAN TWAN ENG, YANGSZE CHOO

"On a mountain above the clouds once lived a man who had been the gardener of the Emperor of Japan."

This is the opening sentence of the poetically languorous novel, The Garden Of Evening Mists (2012), by Malaysian literary giant Tan Twan Eng.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2020, with the headline 'Malaysian writers gain recognition in global literary scene'. Print Edition | Subscribe