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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 offers 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 could be seen 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 by way of one in every of Japan's glossy masters of prose.

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A Tale of Flowering Fortunes describes the various evil spirits that assailed Kaneie on his sickbed, but the name Ayame of Miwa, the medium who was possessed by the vengeful ghost of the third princess, appears only in A Tale of False Fortunes. Ayame of Miwa was the elder sister of Kureha of Miwa, the heroine of A Tale of False Fortunes. After Kaneie’s death, Michinaga invited Ayame to become a lady-in-waiting in his own household. Toyome, the mother of Ayame and Kureha, seemed to possess the greatest mediumistic powers among all of the shrine women serving the god of Kasuga, and it was she who usually received the oracle of the god.

After that, cruel blasts of wind would be the beginning of a long winter. 38 c A Tale of False Fortunes Chapter Two c Emperor Ichijò’s mother, Senshi, was Michitaka’s and Michinaga’s sister by the same mother. She was known as the Higashisanjò Empress, and later, after taking the tonsure, as the empress dowager. It was through her influence that her father Kaneie became head of the Fujiwara clan and had the way open to hold sway over the entire country as regent; thus neither of her brothers would be outdone by the other in carefully attending to her wishes.

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. Yoshinori had promised Toyome that someday he would return to a settled life in the capital, that he would then take Toyome and their two daughters with him, and that they would all live in peace and harmony.

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