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For more than two decades, Kim Sok-pom risked repercussions from South Korean nationalists by writing a novel about a taboo subject that scarred the Korean Peninsula 70 years ago.

The 91-year-old Zainichi Korean writer, who was born in Osaka, is now in the spotlight in South Korea for his “Kazanto” (Volcanic island) novel series, which highlights the Jeju massacre, or the “Jeju 4/3 incident,” on Jeju island off the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula.