Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories

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University of Wisconsin Press, 2004 - Social Science - 152 pages
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    A woman living and communicating in multiple lands, Susana Chávez-Silverman conveys her cultural and linguistic displacement in a humorous, bittersweet, and even tangible way in this truly bilingual literary work. These meditative and lyrical pieces that combine poignant personal confession, detailed daily observation, and a memorializing drive that shifts across time and among geocultural spaces. The author’s inventive and flamboyant use of Spanglish, a hybrid English-Spanish idiom, and her adaptation of the confessional "crónica" make this memoir compelling and powerful. Killer Crónicas confirms that there is no Latina voice quite like that of Susana Chávez-Silverman. 
    Killer Crónicas includes a chapter that was awarded first prize in El Andar magazine's Chicano Literary Excellence Contest in the category of personal memoir.

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User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

This book is exclusively for the flagrantly bilingual (at least), sobre todo if you are porteño! But the message is NOT just the medium. A riotously emotional (or emotionally riotous) account of the author's contacts with her many worlds. Have now read it twice! Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

My first book in Spanglish...makes me wonder how someone who knows only English or only Spanish would read it, or if they'd even try. The cronicas are a bit disjointed, full of feeling but little ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Susana Chávez-Silverman is professor of romance languages and literatures at Pomona College in California. She is author ofScenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disastersand coeditor ofTropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of LatinidadandReadingandWriting the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture.

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