Germs from Hell

Covid infographic and William Blake’s illustration, ‘Buoso Donati Attacked by the Serpent’, Inferno XXV

Some of the images that have circulated over the course of the Covid 19 pandemic to illustrate the importance of face coverings are reminiscent of a scene in the 25th canto of Dante’s Hell, where a human sinner is transformed into a serpent (and vice versa) by a cloud of smoke it emits. Here is my rendition of the scene in Gehenna: a novel of Hell and Earth.

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