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Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters

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<div> <div> This is a rarity in contemporary writing, a truly bilingual enterprise, as in Susana Ch&aacute;vez-Silverman’s previous memoir, <i>Killer Cr&oacute;nicas</i>. Ch&aacute;vez-Silverman switches between English and Spanish, creating a <i></i>linguistic <i>mestizaje</i> that is still a surprise encounter in the world of letters today, and the author forms one of a small but growing band of writers to embrace bilingualism as a literary force. Also like <i>Killer Cr&oacute;nicas</i>, each chapter in <i>Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles</i> is a “cr&oacute;nica,” a vignette that began as intimate diary entries and e-mails and letters to lovers, friends, and ghosts from the past. These episodic chapters follow the Ch&aacute;vez-Silverman’s personal history, from California to South Africa and Australia and back, from unfathomable loss to deeply felt joy. Readers drawn into this witty book will confront their own conceptions of boundaries, borders, languages, memories, and spaces. </div> </div>

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This is a rarity in contemporary writing, a truly bilingual enterprise, as in Susana Chávez-Silverman’s previous memoir, Killer Crónicas. Chávez-Silverman switches between English and Spanish, creating a linguistic mestizaje that is still a surprise encounter in the world of letters today, and the author forms one of a small but growing band of writers to embrace bilingualism as a literary force. Also like Killer Crónicas, each chapter in Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles is a “crónica,” a vignette that began as intimate diary entries and e-mails and letters to lovers, friends, and ghosts from the past. These episodic chapters follow the Chávez-Silverman’s personal history, from California to South Africa and Australia and back, from unfathomable loss to deeply felt joy. Readers drawn into this witty book will confront their own conceptions of boundaries, borders, languages, memories, and spaces.
This is a rarity in contemporary writing, a truly bilingual enterprise, as in Susana Chávez-Silverman’s previous memoir, Killer Crónicas. Chávez-Silverman switches between English and Spanish, creating a linguistic mestizaje that is still a surprise encounter in the world of letters today, and the author forms one of a small but growing band of writers to embrace bilingualism as a literary force. Also like Killer Crónicas, each chapter in Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles is a “crónica,” a vignette that began as intimate diary entries and e-mails and letters to lovers, friends, and ghosts from the past. These episodic chapters follow the Chávez-Silverman’s personal history, from California to South Africa and Australia and back, from unfathomable loss to deeply felt joy. Readers drawn into this witty book will confront their own conceptions of boundaries, borders, languages, memories, and spaces.
 
Honorable Mention, Best Biography in Spanish or Bilingual, International Latino Book Awards

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Series Title
Writing in Latinidad: Autobiographical Voices of U.S. Latinos/as
Publisher
University of Wisconsin Press
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
176
Author
Susana Chávez-Silverman
ISBN-13
9780299235246
Publication Date
April, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0299235246

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