Korean Title: 장마
Author: Yun Heunggil
375 page /142 * 211 mm / 514 g
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About This Book
The narrator "I" in “The Rainy Spell” recalls the events that took place in his family during the Korean War in 1950. Back then his maternal uncle joins the military while his paternal uncle becomes a North Korean partisan. “I”, an elementary school student, unknowingly informs the whereabouts of his paternal uncle, which makes him hated by the narrator’s paternal grandmother. However, as his maternal grandmother sides with him, the relationship between his maternal and paternal grandmother gets worse.
With the start of jangma, the maternal grandmother receives the death notice of her son. The following day, the maternal grandmother curses toward the mountain where partisans reportedly hide and the paternal grandmother gets angry with her. The fortune teller predicts the return of the partisan uncle and tells the day when he will return. The paternal grandmother prepares to greet him. On the day when the partisan uncle is expected to come, a big snake appears instead of him and the paternal grandmother screams and loses consciousness. When other families are in confusion, the other grandmother treats the snake like the paternal uncle and has a ceremony by plucking a few of the paternal grandmother’s hairs and burning them to lead the snake away. As the snake leaves the house, the confusion ends. The narrator’s paternal grandmother, after regaining consciousness, expressed thanks to the maternal grandmother, which leads to the reconciliation of the two. Just before her death, the paternal grandmother forgives “I”.
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