Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava

Lost Empress

From the author of the acclaimed, PEN/Bingham Prize-winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles, with equal aplomb, both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice system.From Paterson, New Jersey to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City, Sergio De La Pava's Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any other in modern fiction: dreamers and exiles, immigrants and night-shift worke...

Details Lost Empress

TitleLost Empress
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherPantheon Books
GenreFiction, Abandoned, Novels, Mystery, Crime

Reviews Lost Empress

  • Michael
    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I’ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY’S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he’s no Pynchon, who is? de la Pava is certainly standing precariously on Pynchon’s shoulders. De la Pava is of the same, to put a label on it, Postmodernist tribe as Pyn...
  • Danny Caine
    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I’ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson Pork of the Indoor Football Leauge, that is. Meanwhile, Nuno DeAngeles sits in a cell in Rikers Island plotting a truly outrageous crime. As Nuno plots his move, and...
  • Larry Ggggggggggggggggggggggggg
    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall
  • Steve Hench
    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecessary.
  • Tim
    DFW, Jr. right here
  • Jonathanrwilson
    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accompanied by just as much passion and clear love for humanity.A Naked Singularity remains my favorite book written in the past decade, and I ultimately found this book ...
  • Steve
    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading I do a lot of flipping back, but the deckled edge makes it maddeningly difficult. (Exasperated, I once used a circular saw to remove the deckled edge from a book. Did t...
  • Steve
    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, rich and poor, death, prison escapes, and football -- both NFL and the indoor kind. Huge cast of memorable characters and instantly re-read worthy dialogue. It's li...
  • Mike
    I read the authors “A Naked Singularity” years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps getting interrupted for absurd news bulletins or car chases. The author leaves the main storyline and constantly takes off on riffs about damn near everything imagi...
  • Mark
    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a book that counts down chapter numbers and ends with Chapter Zero?
  • Tsc
    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I’m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me!The DFW comparison is one I’m not willing to make at this point.
  • Vuk Trifkovic
    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading...
  • Marcia
    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love.
  • Anthony
    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football story that is played out on a ridiculous scale, coupled with a prison escape storyline that manages to fit in an art heist for good measure.
  • Michael Smith
    This is just a ridiculously ambitious book that tackles just about every topic, from the horror of the NFL to the cruelties of our justice system. Though still desperately in need of an editor, De La Pava is a hell of a writer.