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Published: Friday April 11, 2014 MYT 2:40:00 PM
Updated: Friday April 11, 2014 MYT 4:07:47 PM

Malaysian Tan Twan Eng on literary award shortlist

Penang-born author Tan Twan Eng

Penang-born author Tan Twan Eng

The Penang-born author is nominated for his book, The Garden Of The Evening Mists, in the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.

Author Tan Twan Eng continues to gather accolades for his The Garden Of The Evening Mists, which was shortlisted earlier this week for the prestigious International Impac Dublin Literary Award.

Announced on April 9, the shortlist includes both illustrious names such as Juan Gabriel Vasquez (The Sound Of Things Falling) and Karl Ove Knausgaard (A Death In The Family) as well as debut authors like Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart) and Patrick Flanery (Absolution).

The Garden Of The Evening Mist was previously shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and won both the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction last year. This is Tan’s second novel, after The Gift Of Rain in 2007.

Hailed as one of the world’s richest literary prizes, the Impac comes with a ‚100,000 (RM450,000) prize. Nominees are decided by librarians from around the world, with 100 library systems in 39 countries participating this year. The winner will be announced on June 12 in Dublin, Ireland.

Past recipients of the award include Nobel Prize in Literature laureates Herta Müller and Orhan Pamuk, as well as Colm Toibin, Alistair McLeod and Per Petterson.

Judging the awards this year will be a panel made up of, among others, acclaimed writers such as Tash Aw, Giles Foden and Catherine Dunne.

Full list of shortlisted nominees:

1. The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch), translated by David Colmer

2. Questions Of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (Sri Lankan/Australian)

3. Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American)

4. A Death In The Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian), translated by Don Bartlett

5. Three Strong Woman by Marie NDiaye (French), translated by John Fletcher

6. Traveller Of The Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian), translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia

7. The Light Of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish)

8. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Irish)

9. The Garden Of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)

10. The Sound Of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian), translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Books, People, Tan Twan Eng, Impac, Award

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