Bitita's Diary: The Childhood Memoirs of Carolina Maria de Jesus (Google eBook)

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M.E. Sharpe, Nov 6, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography
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Carolina Maria de Jesus (1915-1977), nicknamed Bitita, was a destitute black Brazilian woman born in the rural interior who migrated to the industrial city of Sa=o Paulo in search of work and a better life. She was self-taught and enjoyed a degree of celebrity after the publication in 1960 of her diary under the title, Quarto de Despejo (The Garbage Room), which became the best selling book in Brazilian history. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it sold over 300,000 copies in English hardcover alone, as Child of the Dark. Bitita's Diary, drafted just prior to her death, covers her early life in the 1920s and 1930s. Originally published in French as Journal de Bitita and appearing now for the first time in the English language, Bitita's Diary is the most important document testifying to the hardships of lower-class black Brazilian women ever written. Offering extensive details about race and race relations, religion in rural Brazil (both Roman Catholicism and spiritism), life in small towns and cities of the interior, sexual intimidation, and the hardships of sharecropping, Carolina provides an insightful and moving glimpse of the Brazilian Revolution of 1930 from the vantage point of a poor person caught up in its promise.
  

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An immediate best seller when it was published in Brazil in 1960, Jesus's Quarto de Despejo, the diary of a woman living in the slums of Sao Paulo, contained unusually vivid descriptions of the lives ... Read full review

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This book will open your eyes to things you had possibly never considered. What would it be like to live in a card board box and collect bits of trash for income? This book is a true account of a ... Read full review

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Contents

Childhood
3
The Godmothers
8
The Holiday
13
Being Poor
17
A Little History
26
The Blacks
39
My Family
46
The City
63
The Domestic
105
Illness
110
The Revolution
114
The Rules of Hospitality
120
Culture
132
The Safe
137
The Medium
140
The Mistress
143

My SoninLaw
74
Grandfathers Death
79
School
90
The Farm
95
I Return to the City
102
Being a Cook
146
Afterword
153
About the Editor
165
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