The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost is much more than a 'ghost story' or a 'tall tale.' This masterpiece of postwar Japanese literature is a sophisticated rumination of the power of words and narratives to create cultural identities and to challenge historical truths. -- Christopher D. Scott, Macalester College An inventive, startling novel that casts light on a suppressed moment in history. Kim Sok-pom, one of the foremost zainichi (Japanese resident) Korean writers of the postwar period, explores the troubled boundaries between south and north Korea, colonialism and postcolonialism, history and its haunted memories. -- Haruo Shirane, Columbia University, editor of The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
Kim Sok-pom (b. 1925) was born in Osaka, Japan, to Korean parents who emigrated from the island of Cheju-do. He is best known for his seven-volume fictional work, Kazanto (Volcano Island), which centers on the Cheju Uprising of 1948. Cindi Textor is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington-Seattle.