July's book will be from Malasia. We will be reading Tan Twang Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists.
Eng's book has been the recipient of the 2012 Man Asia prize, the Walter Scott prize, shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2014 IMPAC prize.
Soon after the ravages of World War II, Malaya was wracked by a communist guerrilla insurgency, which was eventually put down in 1960. Tan Twan Eng, whose first book, “The Gift of Rain,” was received with critical acclaim, here examines those years in a complex society that includes Chinese, South African Dutch and English as well as aborigines. “The Garden of Evening Mists,” a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, plumbs the basics of human nature as it asks how we can commit so many atrocities in a time of war and, at the same time, create compelling, transcendent works of art.
From the WaPo.