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I like to read classics, historical fiction and world lit. Oh and I love short stories.

Hell Screen (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)

Hell Screen (French Edition) - Ryunosuke Akutagawa

I'm easing my way into Japanese fiction and this was a wonderful start! This little book consists of two short stories: "hell screen" and "the spider's thread". Hell Screen is set in Feudal Japan and gives a wonderful picture of its setting, as well as the gripping and horrific tale of a painter commissioned to paint a screen. The Spider's Thread is a more allegorical fairytale of a man trying to escape hell.