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SCENES FROM LA CUENCA DE LOS ANGELES Y OTROS NATURAL DISASTERS (Paperback)
  • SCENES FROM LA CUENCA DE LOS ANGELES Y OTROS NATURAL DISASTERS (Paperback)
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SCENES FROM LA CUENCA DE LOS ANGELES Y OTROS NATURAL DISASTERS (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 30/04/2010
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This is a rarity in contemporary writing, a truly bilingual enterprise, as in Susana Chavez-Silverman's previous memoir, Killer Cronicas. Chavez-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 is one of a small but growing band of writers to embrace bilingualism as a literary force. Also like Killer Cronicas, each chapter in Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles is a "cronica," 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 Chavez-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. Por su white, insouciant, papery look, por su semejanza a la amapola (scentless, a fin de cuentas, no obstante esa famosa escena de la Wicked Witch of the West, purring evilly, "Poppies, poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeep, sleep . . ."), when I leaned in to sniff, I hadn't been expecting any scent at all. Y por eso, el cool, familiar mounds of damp masa harina, Mercado Libertad en verano scent, es-por lo utterly inesperado-lo mas disturbingly, comfortingly, hechizante que tienen las paper flowers. Stay with me a while. Busquemos, together, mas strange familiars. -excerpt from chapter 1, "Diary Inside/Color Local Cronica"

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299235246
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"In her book, Chavez-Silverman breaks out of 'proper' language and writes the way she speaks and hears language spoken. . . . She respects language, but isn't afraid to have a little fun." --"Open Salon"


"By sharing her story in a stream-of-consciousness manner, Chavez-Silverman inspires readers to evaluate their perceptions of ethnicity, meanwhile highlighting the versatility of language."--"ForeWord"


"These diverse passions--trees, men, perfume, astral signs, chronic panic attacks, an all-abiding love for friends and the sounds of the streets of San Francisco, all make her so endearing. After the alarums and diversions, it is these passions that drive her story . . . drive her . . . make it hard for those of us on either side of the border to ever be able to forget her y su poder."--Carlos Amantea, "The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities"


In her book, Chavez-Silverman breaks out of proper language and writes the way she speaks and hears language spoken. . . . She respects language, but isn t afraid to have a little fun. "Open Salon""


By sharing her story in a stream-of-consciousness manner, Chavez-Silverman inspires readers to evaluate their perceptions of ethnicity, meanwhile highlighting the versatility of language. "ForeWord""


These diverse passions trees, men, perfume, astral signs, chronic panic attacks, an all-abiding love for friends and the sounds of the streets of San Francisco, all make her so endearing. After the alarums and diversions, it is these passions that drive her story . . . drive her . . . make it hard for those of us on either side of the border to ever be able to forget her y su poder. Carlos Amantea, "The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities""


In her book, Chavez-Silverman breaks out of proper language and writes the way she speaks and hears language spoken. . . . She respects language, but isn t afraid to have a little fun. Open Salon

"

By sharing her story in a stream-of-consciousness manner, Chavez-Silverman inspires readers to evaluate their perceptions of ethnicity, meanwhile highlighting the versatility of language. ForeWord

"

These diverse passions trees, men, perfume, astral signs, chronic panic attacks, an all-abiding love for friends and the sounds of the streets of San Francisco, all make her so endearing. After the alarums and diversions, it is these passions that drive her story . . . drive her . . . make it hard for those of us on either side of the border to ever be able to forget her y su poder. Carlos Amantea, The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

"

"In her book, Chavez-Silverman breaks out of 'proper' language and writes the way she speaks and hears language spoken. . . . She respects language, but isn't afraid to have a little fun." --Open Salon


"By sharing her story in a stream-of-consciousness manner, Chavez-Silverman inspires readers to evaluate their perceptions of ethnicity, meanwhile highlighting the versatility of language."--ForeWord


"These diverse passions--trees, men, perfume, astral signs, chronic panic attacks, an all-abiding love for friends and the sounds of the streets of San Francisco, all make her so endearing. After the alarums and diversions, it is these passions that drive her story . . . drive her . . . make it hard for those of us on either side of the border to ever be able to forget her y su poder."--Carlos Amantea, The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

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