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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) smooth 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 court docket 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 may 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' entire translation makes on hand for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings through one among Japan's sleek masters of prose.

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As steward of the empress’ household, Michinaga occasionally went to the empress’ palace to inquire after her welfare. Even if he saw Kureha on those occasions, he of course pretended not to know her, and even when he stayed with Shòshò, he made no particular inquiries about Kureha. Shòshò herself generally broached the subject of Kureha during her bedtime talk. For about the first year, she praised the girl as a very perceptive junior lady-in-waiting, but after Kureha had obviously become the empress’ favorite, Shòshò began to view her jealously as a rival female and no longer spoke well of her.

After Takaie’s withdrawal, the empress sat lost in thought for a time. She then wrote a letter in elegant, cursive hand on light gray Chinese paper and summoned Kureha. “You are to give this letter to Ukon no Naishi, saying that it is a reply from Shònagon. There will no doubt be people like the emperor’s old nurse keeping an eye on him for the empress dowager, so be careful not to attract their attention. ” Kureha nodded attentively at the empress’ instructions as if to show that she had comprehended each one of them.

Even while locked in the bandit’s grip, Yoshinori never let go of his sword, and continued to gouge his opponent. The two of them, wrapped together in a deadly embrace, fell from the precipice. When the soldiers doubled back through ravines and reached the bottom, they found that the bandit’s belly had been slashed open by the sword. Yoshinori’s head had hit a rock at the bottom of the ravine. Each had died at the other’s hand. The governor praised Yoshinori and, along with the two captive red-haired bandits, presented a report of the valiant deed to the capital.

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