By Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas
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 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 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 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' finished translation makes to be had for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings by means of certainly one of Japan's sleek masters of prose.
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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. It was during this time that Sei Shònagon, author of The Pillow Book, came into Teishi’s service.
It was in the fourth month of Chòtoku 1 (995)—the year after the services at Sakuzen Temple—that Michitaka passed away. From the first month, he had lost his appetite and would drink only water, and thus had grown quite gaunt. Within two or three months there was little hope for his condition. From spring of that year an epidemic spread in the capital; countless people died every day, and there were not a few well-known nobles and courtiers who succumbed to this malady. However, that was not Michitaka’s illness.
A Tale of False Fortunes records the matter in roughly the following manner. After the dusty Tòkaden Palace was hurriedly swept and cleaned, the empress arrived. It was a departure from precedent to return to court before her father’s funeral services were completed, but both the palace minister (Korechika) and her grandfather Takashina no Naritada earnestly maintained that there was no other way but to try to win over the emperor at this time. Thus she resolved to return. The steward of the empress’ household (Michinaga) soon heard of her plans and gave her Chapter Two c 45 notice—pretending that it was by order of the empress dowager—that since it would be improper for anyone polluted by death to meet with his majesty, she should refrain from seeing him.
A Tale of False Fortunes by Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas