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) smooth 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 might 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' complete translation makes to be had for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings by way of certainly one of Japan's glossy masters of prose.

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When I am possessed, a horrendous power weighs down on me and I become unable even to breathe, as if a huge rock were crushing me. At length I become unconscious of anything, and I never recall a single word I utter while in a trance. When I think about it, though, from time to time there have been frightening oracles from the gods: to do battle, or to take a person’s life. I possessed no understanding of such matters, but I would realize later that important events to which I had never given thought had occurred as a result of the god’s oracle through my mouth, and that has at times filled me with apprehension.

Yoshinori felt utterly wretched and tried many times to refuse, but the governor would not listen to his petition, and he was compelled to comply. Before setting out for Ikoma at the head of his troops, Yoshinori paid a visit to Kasuga. He finished worshiping, then turned to Toyome and said, weeping bitterly: “Because of an absurd, mistaken oracle, I now bear a miserable fate. I am not a powerful man, and in the end am not likely to return alive. Take good care of Ayame and Kureha. ” Toyome was also in lower spirits than usual, but she assumed as stern a countenance as possible and remonstrated with him, saying: “How faint-hearted for one who wears a sword!

I’m sure you don’t have to worry about that. Even if someone were to tell the emperor’s mother about it, I assure you that she would not make an issue of it. . But if Kureha is present to witness his majesty’s intimacy with the empress, her own Chapter One c 35 passions will no doubt be aroused. ” Even as Michinaga spoke, his mouth broke into a lewd smile and he lightly shook Shòshò’s body in his embrace. “I have a request for you. How about it? . ” “Well! ” Shòshò lifted her face from Michinaga’s chest, her eyes brimming with coquetry.

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