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Tan Twan Eng is the author of The Gift of Rain and most recently, The Garden of Evening Mists, which is currently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Set during the Japanese occupation, the novel tells the story of a young law graduate who seeks respite in the plantations of the Cameron Highlands, where she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its secretive owner, Aritomo. Here Tan Twan Eng spoke to John Freeman about the of the art of shakkei or ‘Borrowed Scenery’ and being shortlisted for the Booker.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng is currently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is published by Myrmidon.

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