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Seoul Station subway Nobody can decide which picture of Mom you should use. Event Finland. Your brothers started to call the public phone. She could have called from a phone booth. Crying for the Moon. Luis Eduardo Arias Perez.
Every sentence is saturated in detail. It tells an almost unbearably affecting story of remorse and belated wisdom that reminds us how globalism—at the human level—can tear souls apart and leave them uncertain of where to turn. But it also speaks beautifully to an urgent issue of our time: This is a tapestry of family life that will be read all over the world.
I loved this book. Throughout the novel, the rhythms of agrarian life and labor that Shin deftly conveys have a subtle, cumulative power. Well-controlled and emotionally taut. What distinguishes this novel is the way it questions whether our pasts, either public or private, are really available for us to recollect and treasure anyway.
It is nostalgic but unsentimental, brutally well observed and, in this flawlessly smooth translation by Chi-Young Kim, it offers a sobering account of a vanished past. We must hope there will be more translations to follow.
Every mom, that is. Please Look After Mom takes us on a dual journey, to the unfamiliar corners of a foreign culture and into the shadowy recesses of the heart.
Plain and softy insistent eloquence. A touching story that effectively weaves the rural, ages-old lifestyle of a mother into the modern urban lives of her children. This is a real discovery. Please Look After Mom is written in four distinct voices: Why did you decide to structure the novel in this way? Which voice came to you first? Human beings are multi-dimensional. Did you draw on your relationship with your own family while writing the book?
My own family relationships do in fact make up the background, but the episodes in the novel were invented, or altered from reality.
My own mother for example, thankfully, has never gone missing. But, speaking at a symbolic level, many mothers of our generation, I believe, have gone missing or remain neglected.
Has your mother read this novel? That she was proud of me for having written it. Are there any traditions that you are particularly excited to share with readers here? On that day, family members all over the country return to their hometowns. We also pay our respects at their gravesites. On a clear night, you can see the full moon on Chuseok.
Just as Americans celebrate the day over turkey, Koreans spend Chuseok sharing songpyeon, or half-moon shaped rice cakes, with their families. I was delighted by the similarities between the two holidays. You can drink tea with just anyone, but to dine with someone shows how close you are to that person.
I wish I could prepare for my American readers the many Korean dishes that appear in Please Look After Mom, so that we could share them together! But, moving beyond food, Korea has a number of beautifully elegant Buddhist temples, such as Hwaeomsa, Pusoksa and Haeinsa, and seowon a kind of Confucian academy such as Dosanseowon and Byungsanseowon. These are sacred and quiet spaces, containing the spirit and culture of the country.
You should definitely pay them a visit if you are ever in Korea. If you have an interest in music, try listening to pansori , Korean traditional music, which contains a different resonance than Western harmonics, and expresses a distinctly Korean sorrow and humor.
What are some of the universal truths of the relationship between mothers and children that you explore in the novel? That I, too, needed her my entire life? A long time ago, there was a communal well right outside the back gate. You tapped the sturdy cement with your foot, precisely where that abundant well used to be.
You were overwhelmed with nostalgia.
What would the well be doing in the darkness under the street, the well that had supplied water to all the people in the alley and still sloshed about? One day you went back for a visit and the well was gone, just a cement road where it had been.
The house was a mess. A water bottle stood open on the table, and a cup was perched on the edge of the sink. The late-afternoon sun was illuminating the empty space. You put on your shoes and walked toward the shed. From there you could look over the yard. A long time ago, Mom had brewed malt in the shed. It was a useful space, espe- cially after it was expanded into the adjacent pigsty.
She piled old, unused kitchen supplies on the shelves she had mounted on a wall, and underneath there were glass jars of things she had pickled and preserved. It was Mom who had moved the wooden platform into the shed.
The doghouse next to the shed was vacant, the dog chain lying on the ground. She must have been cutting zucchini to dry in the sun. A chopping board, a knife, and zucchini were pushed to the side, and small slices of zucchini were cradled in a worn bamboo basket. Mom had a hand clutching her head, and she was struggling with all her might. Her lips were parted, and she was frowning so intently that her face was gnarled with deep wrinkles. They were bloodshot, and beads of sweat dotted her forehead.
Weighted with pain, her face was a miserable knot. Only some invisible malevolence could cause an expression like that. She closed her eyes again. How could she be left alone in this state? Should I call an ambulance?
Should I move her into the house? These thoughts raced through your head, but you ended up gazing down at Mom lying across your lap. You had never seen her face contorted like that, so miserable, in such pain. Her hand, which was pressing down on her forehead, fell listlessly to the platform. Mom breathed laboriously, exhausted. Her limbs drooped, as if she could no longer exert the effort to try to avoid the pain. It occurred to you that she might be dying,.
It should have surprised her to see you, but there was nothing in her eyes. She appeared to be too weak to react. A while later, she called your name, her face dull. And she mumbled something faintly. You leaned in. And what were you doing instead? When you were young, your aunt was your second mom. During summer vacations you went to live with her, in her house just on the other side of the mountain.
Your aunt had the closest relation- ship with you among all of your siblings. It was probably because you looked like Mom. She cooked a pot of bar- ley with a scoop of rice on top and saved the rice for you.
At night you lay across her lap and listened to the stories she told you. You remembered how your aunt used to slide an arm under your neck at night to fashion a pillow for you.
She spent her old age looking after her grandchildren, while their parents ran a bak- ery. Your aunt fell down the stairs as she was carrying a child on her back, and was rushed to the hospital, where she found out that cancer had spread through her body to such an extent that it was too late to do anything. Your mom told you the news. I made ses- ame porridge, and she had a good appetite. Hyong- chol said he thought it was strange, too, but he honored her wishes.
Your mom blinked placidly. Mom got headaches? So severe that she. Her dark eyes, which used to be as brilliant and round as the eyes of a cow that is about to give birth, were hidden under wrinkles. Her pale, fat lips were dry and cracked. You stared at the dark sunspots on the back of her hand, saturated with a lifetime of labor. You could no longer say you knew Mom. When your uncle was alive, he would come to see Mom every Wednesday. He had just returned to Chongup, after a nomadic life of roaming the country.
Doing well? As far as you knew, Mom and her brother were not that close. At some point before you were born, your uncle had borrowed quite a lot of money from Father, but he never paid it back. Your mom sometimes brought that up, bitterly.
It happened so quickly. Who was it that got her so excited? Curious, you followed her out. It was your uncle.
You realized, Oh, Mom has a brother, too! That mom was stuck in your head. It made you think, even Mom. To you, Mom was always Mom. Mom was Mom. She was born as Mom.
From then on, you sometimes thought of Mom as a child, as a girl, as a young woman, as a newlywed, as a mother who had just given birth to you. Currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University, she lives in Seoul.
No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a review. Knopf, a division of Random House Inc. Because many children didn't survive their first three months, people raised them for a few years before making it official. When you're about to rewrite "38" as "36," Hyong-chol says you have to write , because that's the official date.
You don't think you need to be so precise when you're only making homemade flyers and it isn't like you're at a government office. But you obediently cross out "36" and write "38," wondering if July 24 is even Mom's real birthday. A few years ago, your mom said, "We don't have to celebrate my birthday separately.
You and your siblings always went to your parents' house in Chongup for birthdays and other celebrations. All together, there were twenty-two people in the immediate family. Mom liked it when all of her children and grandchildren gathered and bustled about the house.
A few days before everyone came down, she would make fresh kimchi, go to the market to buy beef, and stock up on extra toothpaste and toothbrushes. She pressed sesame oil and roasted and ground sesame and perilla seeds, so she could present her children with a jar of each as they left.
As she waited for the family to arrive, your mom would be visibly animated, her words and her gestures revealing her pride when she talked to neighbors or acquaintances. In the shed, Mom kept glass bottles of every size filled with plum or wild-strawberry juice, which she made seasonally. Mom's jars were filled to the brim with tiny fermented croakerlike fish or anchovy paste or fermented clams that she was planning to send to the family in the city.
When she heard that onions were good for one's health, she made onion juice, and before winter came, she made pumpkin juice infused with licorice. Your mom's house was like a factory; she prepared sauces and fermented bean paste and hulled rice, producing things for the family year-round. At some point, the children's trips to Chongup became less frequent, and Mom and Father started to come to Seoul more often.
And then you began to celebrate each of their birthdays by going out for dinner.
That was easier. Then Mom even suggested, "Let's celebrate my birthday on your father's. At first the family refused to do that, even when Mom insisted on it, and if she balked at coming to the city, a few of you went home to celebrate with her. Then you all started to give Mom her birthday gift on Father's birthday.