Hell Screen
by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
'He had the Ten Kings of Hell and their minions over in one small corner, and everything else - the entire screen - was enveloped in a firestorm so terrible you thought the swirling flames were going to melt the mountain of Sabres and the Forest of Swords.' One of the towering figures of modern Japanese writing, Akutagawa's early career was distinguished by imaginative, beautifully crafted stories of medieval Japan, rich with period detail. These two stories include his great masterpiece of that period, "Hell Screen", and the parable of a thread-thin chance of escape for a sinner in the "Pool of Blood". This book includes "Hell Screen" and "The Spider Thread".

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