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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; Bilingual edition (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299202240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299202248
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,368,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These chronicles are truly hemispheric, postmodern memories written in a ludic, singular Spanglish that encapsulates the transnational, nomad vivencias of a Jewish Chicana from Califas, a citizen of the Hispanic world. Original, powerful and profound."--Frances Aparicio, University of Illinois at Chicago

About the Author

Susana Chavez-Silverman is professor of romance languages and literatures at Pomona College in California. She is author of "Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters" and coeditor of "Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad" and "Reading" and" Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Killer Cronicas 29 Sept. 2005
By Catherine Brown - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Clever, sassy, intelligent, poetic... continual code-switching is a wonderful vehicle to convey the sensations and experiences of a multi-cultural life. Her poetry invokes the intimacy I often feel when back in a long-lost land. Her quick wit and carefully-chosen details chronical well the feelings of isolation and observer-looking-in that seem to dog me wherever I land.

This is well worth the read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Trips well-worth Taking in this Gorgeous Linguistic and Dramatic Tour-de-force! 8 Jan. 2007
By Elizabeth Rosa Horan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Killer Crónicas asks the following questions, among others:

* What is the nature of the exquisitely ambiguous pleasure we experience in passing as members of the local community?

* What are the costs of being identified as an insider, or outsider, by members of the communities in which we travel?

* How might the experience of being at once inside and outside be specific to pan-Latin and Jewish post-holocaust cultural identity, without regard to location?

* How to develop a language limited enough to connote specific geopolitical contexts, yet broad enough to denote the simultaneity in memory of related circumstances separated by distance and time?

Killer Crónicas draws from multiple genres, such as the literature of travel in Spanish (cartas de exploración, of discovery) and in English (here, the Anglo-American category of life-writing, which includes biography, autobiography, and letters, is helpful.) Particulary original is the sustained and studied attention to the traveler's status as a consumer. Underlying the internationalism and bilingualism of Chávez-Silverman's accomplishment is a creativity comparable to Latino performance artists such as Coco Fusco (author of English is Broken Here) Guillermo Gómez-Peña, or code-switching poets such as Tino Villanueva.

I personally find Gloria Anzaldua's work almost unreadable (there's no rhyme, reason, or inventiveness) while I think that Cherrie Moraga is good for her work's characters and dynamic. In Killer Crónicas what's original is how the writer focuses attention on the relation between what we say and how we say it in one or both languages, showing how the mind moves at the moment of the "switch." This work demonstrates a mode of thought familiar to those of us who work in multiple cultural locations, reproducing the habit of thinking in multiple languages. This challenges the hegemonic attitudes about what constitutes linguistic propriety in either Spanish or English by pointing up the complexities of both languages. Also the mixture of languages legitimates a practice that is very widespread: the INVENTIVE use of multiple languages, registers. Read this very contemporary, brilliant book for the puns, for the writer's inspired, faux, alternative, and refused translations. Killer Crónicas is steeped in multiple literary traditions: Argentine, CalifAtzlan, On the Road-Trippers, but most of that incomparable Spanish-language genre that is so definitive in the New World: the Crónica. Let Susana Chavez-Silverman be your guide and you will travel far, far indeed.
billingual brilliance! 26 Feb. 2010
By Julia Goldstein - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A fantastic, funny, smart collection of memoirs. You have probably never read anything like it.
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