Chang Guei-sing unveiled as Taiwan Literature Award winner

The Malaysian's book, “Wild Boars Cross the River,” reflects themes such as diversity, the will to survive and brutality of colonists

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Taiwan Literature Award winners (Taiwan News/Lyla Liu photo)

Taiwan Literature Award winners (Taiwan News/Lyla Liu photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)— Malaysian novelist Chang Guei-sing (張貴興) is the winner of the Taiwan Literature Award 2019 and receives NT$100,000 in prize money for his book titled, “Wild Boars Cross the River” (野豬渡河).

The National Museum of Taiwan Literature announced the Taiwan Literature Award winners on Friday (Oct. 25), with 11 awards and nine winners. The first-prize winner, Chang, was born in Malaysia and graduated from the department of English at National Taiwan Normal University.

The judges described “Wild Boars Cross the River” as a portrayal of life in Borneo province, Indonesia, during the Japanese colonial period. The jungle stories deal with concepts such as the will to survive and brutality of the colonists.

The judges concluded the winning work reflected the cultural diversity of the world and explored a range of issues. They added that new writers were coming to the fore.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Taipei Marriott Hotel on Nov. 12. Taiwan will also host book fairs and forums. Visit the website for further information.