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A small masterpiece, Pea’s lyrical autobiographical novel reveals a grandfather through his grandson’s eyes. The old man and his brothers’ madness, passion, and quirks are interwoven in intimate, mythical sketches and fiery portraits of family dynamics. The first installment of a four-part novel, Moscardino is linguistically adventurous and visual, with vivid, anarchic prose-poetry. Pound conducts Pea's vernacular song, allowing images to flow from the land, the flesh, and beyond. Pea’s personal account of his first meeting with Pound accompanies the text.
...when the phantasmagoria of Pea's prose momentarily lifts in order to reveal almost Cézanne-like notations of local landscape, we hear the old miglior fabbro turning out sentences as splendid as any in Joyce"
This is just announcin’ that Italy has a writer, and it is some time since I told anybody that ANY country on earth had a writer. Like Confucius [Pea] knocked ’round and done all sorts of jobs. ...What’s it like? Well, if Tom Hardy had been born a lot later, and lived in the hills up back of Lunigiana, which is down along the coast here, and if Hardy hadn’t writ what ole Fordie used to call that ‘sort of small town paper journalese.’ And if a lot of other things, includin’ temperament, had been different... that might have been something like Pea’s writin’—which I repeat is good writing... Writes like a man who could make a good piece of mahogany furniture."
—Ezra Pound, 1941 (from his Radio Speeches)
Moscardino is a lovely book, printed and bound with grace by Archipelago."
—RALPH: Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities