The Shadow of Arms (Paperback)

By Hwang Sok-Yong

Seven Stories Press, 9781609805074, 576pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

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A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Da Nang during the Vietnam War, based on the author’s experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese, this is a Vietnam War novel like no other, truly one that sees the war from all sides. Scenes of battle are breathtakingly well told. The plot is thick with intrigue and complex subplots. But ultimately The Shadow of Arms is a novel of the human condition rather than of the exploits and losses of one side or the other in war.

About the Author

HWANG SOK-YONG is one of the contemporary masters of Korean literature. His work, which grapples with the troubled history of his divided country, has resulted in his imprisonment, his exile, and the rare achievement of a wide international readership. Hwang’s novels in English includeThe Old Garden, a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the end of the Cold War and South Korea's political revolution of the eighties; The Guest, based on the true account of a violent clash between Communist and Christian neighbors in a Korean village town; and The Shadow of Arms, inspired by his experience as a Korean soldier in the Vietnam War. Some of his recent bestsellers in Korea, where Hwang is among that country’s most popular writers, includeBaridegi (Princess Bari) and Gaebapbaragibyeol (The Evening Star), a coming of age novel that Hwang wrote as a blog.

Praise For The Shadow of Arms

"An unflinching, ambitious novel."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Deeply rewarding"—Kirkus Reviews

"A provocative novel...with subtle power."—Time

"Hwang Sok-yong, one of South Korea's most important modern writers, poignantly shows us that history is also a story of how indiviudals live, love, and sacrifice in the tumult of time."—Krys Lee, author of Drifting House

"Hwang Sok-yong is undoubtedly the most powerful 'voice of the novel' in East Asia today."—Kenzaburo Oe