Personae Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011
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"There's a lot of grinning playfulness in this undermining of mystery-novel conventions, but one of Mr. De La Pava's most arresting traits is his ability to bind his whimsical impulses to philosophical seriousness. . . . "Personae" emphasizes the puzzle above any expectation of resolution. Yet in this willfully cryptic book, Mr. De La Pava's sense of moral urgency is ever-present. In only his early 40s, he is already a writer of mercurial brilliance, and even his strangest detours are worth following."--Sam Sacks "Wall Street Journal "
"While not intentionally obfuscating, "Personae" asks that the reader do some work. What begins as a police investigatin in the death of a man mnore than a century old turns, not ungracefully, into a meditation on the dynamic between art and artists, death and rebirth. Stylistically the genres work together as each creates something new while containing threads of a core argument or question: 'Is the artist cursed, blessed, blessed to be cursed, or cursed to be blessed?'"--Craig Chisholm "Gigantic Sequins "" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sergio De La Pava still does not live in Brooklyn.