Mudville (Part 1 of 4)
Updated: Apr 4
Kevin Kunundrum* reads aloud from MUDVILLE, his novel of violence in America—Part 1 of the opening section that takes place in 1890. (Watch the other three parts on YouTube.)
MUDVILLE is Casey at the Bat turned on its ear, seen through the sulfurous light of hellfire. It’s the bottom of the ninth, the Mudville Nine are down 4-2 with two outs as Casey steps to the plate. And what follows is an apocalyptic retelling of an American folk tale. A story of violence through generations at the heart of the American dream, from the 19th century to the present day—of a people shaped by brutality, and the “better angels of our nature” becoming the killer-devils who at any moment threaten to destroy us.
"Intense. Intense from beginning to end. Tragic, beautiful, chaotic, destructive, nihilistic, confrontational, and wonderful. This book challenges us to cast aside any self-righteous delusions and self-aggrandizement in order to confront a basic fact that lies at the very heart of human existence: Nobody is innocent. This is an incredible book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading, and I am overjoyed to have it among my collection."
—Secret Society Art
"And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder." —G.B. Shaw
*Kevin Kunundrum is the nom de guerre of Kevin Postupack.