The short story ”Nam-Bok the Unveracious” by Jack London maps the unbelievable story of Nam-Bok, who returns from the sea. Set in a remote fishing village with Native American inhabitants, the villagers are surprised when a man called Nam-Bok, who disappeared with his boat long ago, returns with a strange story to tell. Yet his tale of the huge sailing boats and railways of a society far away are too incredible for the village natives. The joyful reunion turns into a sad event, as the locals decide that Nam-Bok must either be a liar or a spirit and is no longer welcome among them. The short story is one of London's stories inspired by the period the writer spent at the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 19th century and was published in the early 20th century.
Jack London (1876–1916) was an American writer and social activist. He grew up in the working class, but became a worldwide celebrity and one of the highest paid authors of his time. He wrote several novels, which are considered classics today, among these 'Call of the Wild', 'Sea Wolf' and 'White Fang'.