A Tale of False Fortune by Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas

By Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas

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A story of fake Fortunes is a masterful translation of Enchi Fumiko's (1905-1986) sleek vintage, Namamiko monogatari. Written in 1965, this prize-winning paintings of historial fiction provides an alternate 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 should be considered principally 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' complete translation makes on hand for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings through certainly one of Japan's sleek masters of prose.

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Her complexion glowed like a peach blossom, and her smooth skin radiated youthful allure. The elder sister’s mediumistic powers had already been demonstrated. Kureha’s hale and youthful appearance bespoke a nature completely different from that of Ayame, and Michinaga was somewhat disappointed. He nevertheless posed two or three casual questions, to which her answers were lucid, indicating a quickness of mind. The sisters thought it a somewhat strange audience. Michinaga soon summoned Ayame and told her that for the time being he would maintain Kureha at the hermitage of the nun.

In spite of having grown up in a military household, Yoshinori had a refined disposition and was accomplished at both writing and calculating. Should the opportunity present itself, therefore, he hoped to abandon his swords and secure a peaceful occupation—perhaps the stewardship in an influential nobleman’s household or something like that. He was actually a rather unassertive man, and even the beginning of his love affair with Toyome apparently owed less to his own advances than to seduction by the untamed passion peculiar to shrine women.

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. ” “Well! What disgusting things you say! That sort of thing detracts from your character, you know. ” Shòshò spoke in an affected tone, not really believing what she had just said.

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