The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
The Booker Prize Foundation is like the Oscars night for writers. Tan Twan Eng, for the first time,a Malaysian has been shortlisted. The Booker Prize comes with a 50 000 pound prize, equivalent to RM 250 000. More importantly is the recognition of the work, and sales increase at every stage of the selection process.
I find his statement is very true, he said ” If you are serious about having a writing career, you have to be published in the United Kingdom or the United States, the publishing capitals of the English -speaking world.”
It is also very interesting that, Tan is a product of another ordinary Malaysian school. He did not attend a private fancy English school.
He also noted that, he writes from nine to five. Pandering to the western taste, so what?