Fiction A naked singularity Omnivore review

Published on September 1st, 2013


A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava

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Blurb: Casi is a hotshot public defender working on the front line of America’s War on Drugs. So far he’s on the winning side. He’s never lost a case. But nothing lasts forever, and pride like his has a long way to fall. (MacLehose Press, 2013)

Kate Saunders, The Times

“This starts as pure documentary and slowly morphs into something like a thriller. Mesmerising.”

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Stuart Kelly, The Guardian

“Ambition might outweigh execution (and indeed does so literally in the plot), but thank goodness for such ambition. I would rather have the raggedy brilliance of A Naked Singularity over the pursed and smirking lips of much contemporary British fiction any day of the week. More than that, A Naked Singularityposes moral questions far more thorny and vexing than most, and to some extent the disparate, centrifugal elements of the plot are tethered to one question. The Dantean chilly setting, many of the debates (such as has the Second Coming already happened?), the inability of the law to be graceful, all tie back to a quotation from Marlowe’s Doctor Faustusthat seems the hidden epigraph of the book: “Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.””

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