By Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas
A story of fake Fortunes is a masterful translation of Enchi Fumiko's (1905-1986) sleek 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 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 through one among Japan's smooth masters of prose.
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A Tale of False Fortunes by Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas