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A Tale of Flowering Fortunes: Annals of Japanese Aristocratic Life in the Heian Period

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Unknown Binding, 910 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Stanford University Press
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G.G.
May 15, 2020 added it
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In fact I have only finished the first volume--428 pages, which includes a 66-page introduction and 68 pages of supplementary notes--of this monumental work, and fear it may be some time before I get to volume II. This translation of Eiga monogatari is one of the few books I’ve read that is often more interesting to read about than to trawl through: along the way, I found Takeshi Watanabe’s Flowering Tales: Women Exorcising History in Heian Japan crucial for understanding just what Eiga is and w ...more
Jim Grimsley
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I read about this book when trying to learn more about The Tale of Genji and again when reading books about Japanese history. The descriptions of the tale, its importance as an evolution in history, and the description of its idiosyncrasies, were intriguing enough that I found a copy and read it. At first I thought I had made a mistake; it is a manuscript that's mostly of interest to scholars and to serious students of the period and of early Japanese writing. But the fact that it was written by ...more
Pipkia
A messy, keenly felt chronicle of the life of Fujiwara no Michinaga, with excellent notes and additional materials from the McCulloughs. Complex and surprisingly ruthless intrafamilial feuds and scheming—it gets awfullly Game of Thrones at times (but with more poetry and less evisceration). Startling poignant depictions of some victims of these political machinations (particularly Empresd Teishi). Not perfect but I can’t help but love it.

Full (very long) review here: https://pentabook.wordpress.
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About the Fujiwara family.
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