In the eight stories of this collection, we see a steady reworking of the idea of the world as a fallen Eden. Here, in Mozzi's garden, quasi-allegorical characters seek kwledge of something beyond their shaken realities: they have all lost something and react by escaping, retreating from reality into a world, as Mozzi says, that is 'fantastic, mystical, absurd.' The stories are a complicated, unsentimental, yet also heartfelt, exploration of spirituality, love and the act of creation by a master of the short-story form.
Giulio Mozzi has published twenty-six books--as fiction writer, poet, and editor. He is primarily known for his story collections, especially This Is the Garden, which won the Premio Mondello. His work has appeared in numerous American journals and in Best European Ficiton 2010. Elizabeth Harris's translations have appeared in numerous anthologies adn journals. She is also the translator of Mario Rigoni Stern's Giacomo's Seasons and Antonio Tabucchi's Tristano Is Dying. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Dakota.