By Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas

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 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 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 will 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' entire translation makes to be had for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings by way of considered one of Japan's glossy masters of prose.

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Ayame had a slender build like that of her father and tended to keep her eyes cast down, but Kureha closely resembled her mother as a young woman, and had grown up to be very robust. 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.

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.

But think, too, of what will become of the prince who is sure to be born eventually. Korechika is very talented, but there is something weak-spirited about him, and as a politician he is no match for our uncle. But I’ll be able to help our brother. I may be young and of low rank now, but one day when the prince you’ll bear grows up, I’ll be his advisor and wield as much power as our uncle. At certain times, of course, political power shifts because of circumstances, but at the same time it’s also a showdown.

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