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Memoir / Latin America


Killer Crónicas
Bilingual Memories
Susana Chávez-Silverman
Foreword by Paul Allatson

Writing in Latinidad: Autobiographical Voices of U.S. Latinos/as

“This is not a memoir written outside the box; it is a memoir written to obliterate it.”
Publishers Weekly

A woman living and communicating in multiple lands, Susana Chávez-Silverman conveys her cultural and linguistic displacement in humorous, bittersweet, and even tangible ways in this truly bilingual literary work. These meditative and lyrical pieces 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.

“Susana Chávez-Silverman isn’t a code-switcher but a switch-burner. Her Killer Crónicas is an astonishing example of linguistic mestizaje. It’s also a prophetic statement: north and south are no longer applicable coordinates to understand the Americas. They have merged into a single gravitational order where languages are in constant mutation.”—Ilan Stavans, author of Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language

“A stirring memoir . . . practically a performance. Killer Crónicas is a testament to the maturing sense of global and pan-Latin citizenship being claimed by Chicanos and U.S.-born Latinos in the American West. Combine this with such innovation in language, and her book may one day be regarded as a refreshing turning point in Latino literature, maybe even the truly bilingual literary voice that the pioneering Chicana critic Gloria Anzaldúa called for. ”
—Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times

Writing in Latinidad: Autobiographical Voices of U.S. Latinos/as
Susana Chávez-Silverman, Paul Allatson, Silvia D. Spitta, Rafael Campo, Series Editors

Susana Chávez-SilvermanSusana Chávez-Silverman is professor of romance languages and literatures at Pomona College in California. She is coeditor of Tropicalizations: Trans-cultural Representations of Latinidad and of Reading and Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture, published by the UW Press. She is the author of Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters, published by the UW Press in April 2010.

Audio files of Chávez-Silverman reading from Killer Crónicas are available at audio readings.

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First Paperback Edition
December 2010

LC: 2004007801E
174 pp
.   6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-20224-8
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• Excerpts from Killer Crónicas appear in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

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