Tan Twan Eng won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel, The Garden of Evening Mists
. He is the first Malaysian author to win the prize. The awards carries a $30,000 cash prize.
The novel is set in Malaya following the Japanese occupation. Professor David Parker, executive director of the Asian Literary Prize, said in a statement, "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."
In a release the Asian Literary Prize says the current sponsor, Man Group, will be relinquishing its title sponsorship. A new title sponsor is being sought for the 2013 prize.
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