By Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas

ISBN-10: 0824821874

ISBN-13: 9780824821876

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A story of fake Fortunes is a masterful translation of Enchi Fumiko's (1905-1986) glossy vintage, Namamiko monogatari. Written in 1965, this prize-winning paintings of historial fiction provides another account of an imperial love affair narrated within the eleventh-century romance A story of Flowering Fortunes (Eiga monogatari). either tales are set within the Heian courtroom of the emperor Ichijo (980-1011) and inform of the ill-fated love among the emperor and his first consort, Teishi, and of the political rivalries that threaten to divide them. whereas the sooner paintings could be seen mostly as a panegyric to the omnipotent regent Fujiwara no Michinaga, Enchi's account emphasizes Teishi's the Aristocracy and devotion to the emperor and celebrates her "moral victory" over the regent, who conspired to divert the emperor's attentions towards his personal daughter, Shoshi.
Roger Thomas' entire translation makes on hand for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings by way of one in every of Japan's glossy masters of prose.

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What can I say? I’ll leave her in your hands. Just one thing, though—don’t bring her up to imitate your amorous ways,” he said as a parting remark, and roared with laughter. Thus, without revealing her lineage and without any hindrances, Kureha came to serve at the side of Empress Teishi. According to A Tale of False Fortunes, it was in the third year of Shòryaku (992) that Kureha of Miwa, assuming the name Koben, came to serve as a personal attendant to Empress Teishi. The six years from the first year of Shòryaku—when Michitaka was appointed regent upon Kaneie’s death—until Michitaka’s own demise in the fourth month of Chòtoku 1 were a time of great prosperity for the regency, and it was as if Empress Teishi always had a brightly shining aura about her.

I have a request for you. How about it? . ” “Well! ” Shòshò lifted her face from Michinaga’s chest, her eyes brimming with coquetry. “His majesty is still young, after all. . ” “But I want to hear all the more for that very reason. Just how does an empress treat a young emperor. . ” “Why do you ask? Your lordship must have learned that sort of thing a long time ago. . ” “No. I’m embarrassed to say so, but when I was a youth I never touched an older woman, so I have absolutely no experience that could give me a clue.

When I think about it, though, from time to time there have been frightening oracles from the gods: to do battle, or to take a person’s life. I possessed no understanding of such matters, but I would realize later that important events to which I had never given thought had occurred as a result of the god’s oracle through my mouth, and that has at times filled me with apprehension. At any rate, I am resigned to this as my own fate, but I do not want my daughters to follow in my path. Therefore, after Ayame enters your service, Your Lordship would be gravely mistaken to think that she possessed some knowledge of necromancy.

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