The Tale of Matsura
Fujiwara Teika's Experiment in Fiction
A translation of Fujiwara Teika's only successful work of fiction.
Fujiwara Teika is known as the premier poet and literary scholar of the early thirteenth century. It is not so widely known that he also tried his hand at fiction: Mumyôzôshi (Untitled Leaves; ca. 1201) refers to "several works" by Teika and then names Matsura no miya monogatari (The Tale of Matsura; ca. 1190) as the only one that can be considered successful. The work is here translated in full, with annotation.
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