The Garden of Evening Mists

by Tan Twan Eng

The Garden of Evening MistsPaperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Weinstein Books (September 4, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1602861803
ISBN-13: 978-1602861800

Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon comes.” Then she can design a garden for herself.

As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around them a communist guerrilla war rages. But the Garden of Evening Mists remains a place of mystery. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to leave Japan? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?

About the author

Tan Twan EngTan Twan Eng was born in Penang, but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. He studied law at the University of London, and later worked as an advocate and solicitor in one of Kuala Lumpur’s most reputable law firms. His first novel, The Gift of Rain, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Czech and Serbian. The Garden of Evening Mists is his second novel. He also has a first-dan ranking in akido and is a strong proponent for the conservation of heritage buildings. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa where he is working on his next book.

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Bestattung eines Hundes: Roman / Funeral for a Dog: A Novel

bestattung-eines-hundesby Thomas Pletzinger; Ross Benjamin, translator

352 Seiten
Sprache: Deutsch
Verlag: btb Verlag (12. Juli 2010)
ISBN-10: 3442739462
ISBN-13: 978-3442739462

Der Kulturjournalist Daniel Mandelkern steckt in einer Zwickmühle: seine Frau Elisabeth ist auch seine Chefin bei der Wochenzeitung, für die beide arbeiten. Und weil sich ihre Ehe gerade in der Krise befindet, schickt sie ihn an den Luganer See, damit er ein Porträt des mysteriösen Kinderbuchautors Dirk Svensson verfasst. Mandelkern ahnt dabei nicht, dass er in eine rätselhafte und tödliche Dreiecksgeschichte hineingezogen werden wird, die ihn nach New York, Brasilien und auf die Nachtseite der modernen Welt führt. Eine hochspannende Reise, von Thomas Pletzinger mit großer sprachlicher Finesse, atmosphärischer Dichte und ungeheurer Rasanz in Szene gesetzt.

Über den Autor

pletzinger_thomasThomas Pletzinger wurde 1975 in Münster geboren, wuchs in Hagen auf und absolvierte ein Studium der Amerikanistik in Hamburg. Dort und in New York arbeitete er für Buchverlage und Literaturagenturen. Nach einem zweiten Studium am Deutschen Literaturinstitut Leipzig lebt er nun in Berlin, wo er als freier Autor und Übersetzer arbeitet und das Literaturatelier adler & söhne literatur betreibt. Seit 2005 diverse Auszeichnungen und Stipendien. Er ist derzeit Gastprofessor an der Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. Sein Roman Bestattung eines Hundes und Gentlemen, wir leben am Abgrund, seine literarische Reportage aus der Welt des Profisports, sind im Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch erschienen.


Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition edition (March 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0393337251
ISBN-13: 978-0393337259

Journalist Daniel Mandelkern leaves Hamburg on assignment to interview Dirk Svensson, a reclusive children’s book author who lives alone on the Italian side of Lake Lugano with his three-legged dog. Mandelkern has been quarreling with his wife (who is also his editor); he suspects she has other reasons for sending him away.After stumbling on a manuscript of Svensson’s about a complicated ménage à trois, Mandelkern is plunged into mysteries past and present. Rich with anthropological and literary allusion, this prize-winning debut set in Europe, Brazil, and New York, tells the parallel stories of two writers struggling with the burden of the past and the uncertainties of the future. Funeral for a Dog won the prestigious Uwe-Johnson Prize.

About the author

Thomas Pletzinger was born in 1975 and grew up in Germany’s industrial area Ruhrgebiet. He holds an M.A from Hamburg University and an MFA from the German Literature Institute Leipzig. He worked for publishers and a literary scouting agency in New York. Pletzinger has won several awards for his writing, including fellowships and teaching positions at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Grinnell College. He currently lives in Berlin where he writes and works as a translator of poetry, fiction and non-fiction at adler & soehne. He teaches at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. His novel Funeral for a Dog was published by W.W. Norton in 2011. “Gentlemen, We’’re Living on the Edge”, his non-fiction book about pro-basketball, was published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in 2012.

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