Violeta Parra:  By the Whim of the Wind

Karen Kerschen has given readers and admirers of Violeta Parra an extraordinary book that combines a fascinating biography of Chile's foremost folk singer as well as poetical insight into Violeta's passionate, tumultuous life and creativity.

This is no doubt, the most complete and sophisticated work ever devoted to Violeta Parra, an icon of cultural heritage in the Americas.

Marjorie Agosín, Wellesley College
author, Violeta Parra, Santa de Pura Greda

Karen Kerschen’s [unauthorized] biography of Chilean musician and visual artist Violeta Parra is, like the artist herself was at times, controversial and unwelcome in some quarters.

Sam Richardson
taos media watch, June 9, 2010