A Naked Singularity, originally brought out by its debut author Sergio de la Pava himself, takes PEN/Robert W Bingham awardA sprawling novel about a Manhattan public defence lawyer that was originally self-published after failing to impress mainstream publishers has scooped the $25,000 (£16,000) PEN/Robert W Bingham prize for debut fiction.Sergio de la Pava’s A Naked Singularity is the story of Casi, a razor sharp young public defender who lists his number one favourite philosopher as Descartes. Written in a quickfire New York voice, the novel is a Pynchonesque reimagining of the legal thriller, moving between courtroom drama, action sequences and legal depositions.A weighty 678 pages long, it was originally published by the author on Xlibris in 2008 after De La Pava – himself a New York attorney who continues to work, representing 70 or 80 cases at a time – failed to find a publisher for his manuscript. Favourable reviews on websites such as The Quarterly Conversation persuaded Chicago University Press, normally an academic house, to publish it in 2012.De La Pava is to appear at the Edinburgh international book festival next week, ahead of the book’s UK release on 29 August by independent house MacLehose Press. French and Spanish …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books