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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 offers 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 will 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' comprehensive translation makes on hand for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings via one among Japan's smooth masters of prose.

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They were reduced to helpless fretting, with no way to speak to one another. In deciding whether formally to appoint Korechika to the regency or to hand it over to Lord Awata (Michikane), who had already been made minister of the right, the emperor had interests at stake that were in every way equal to those of the empress dowager, of Korechika, or of Michinaga. For that very reason Michitaka had given the emperor a warning shortly before his death. The empress dowager summoned the emperor to her quarters and once again admonished him, saying that appointing Michikane to the regency would be an impartial and magnanimous decision, the kind of judgment a sovereign should make.

The empress dowager would easily be able to maintain surveillance, and it would henceforth be impossible for the empress to visit the emperor in secret. In spite of their proximity, it was as though they were separated by a raging torrent. They were reduced to helpless fretting, with no way to speak to one another. In deciding whether formally to appoint Korechika to the regency or to hand it over to Lord Awata (Michikane), who had already been made minister of the right, the emperor had interests at stake that were in every way equal to those of the empress dowager, of Korechika, or of Michinaga.

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.

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