A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Danang 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.
"An unflinching, ambitious novel."–San Francisco Chronicle
"Deeply rewarding"–Kirkus Reviews
"A provocative novel...with subtle power."–Time Magazine
PRAISE FOR The Guest: "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
PRAISE FOR The Old Garden: "Hwang Sok-yong is undoubtedly the most powerful 'voice of the novel' in East Asia today."–Kenzaburo Oe