The Spiders Thread is Akutagawas most well-known short story. It is an exquisite allegory about good, evil and redemption. Kandata, the wicked criminal sent to Hell for his sins, is given a chance to save himself, thanks to the Buddha remembering that he had once spared the life of a little spider. But Kandatas fate is sealed for all eternity when he tries to save himself at the expense of others. "The Spiders Thread" is a timeless morality tale that is as relevant to societies in the 21st century as it was to the Japanese society of Akutagawas day. This book is Dual Language, and ideal for beginner to intermediate students of both English and Japanese language.