Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

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New American Library, 1962 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
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This dramatic true account of life in the streets of Sao Paulo, from 1955 to 1960, introduced the world to the plight of the poor as an artist, a writer and single mother of three children, while living in a hovel, supports her family by digging through the garbage for paper and scraps to sell. Reissue.

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Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

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This book is incredibly empowering. It tells the raw account of Carolina Maria de Jesus, a Brazilian woman living in the favelas of São Paulo, Brazil's largest city. She talks about making a living ... Read full review

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I cannot read books that take any faith I have in goodness and stomp on it. I read a huge novel of India and of the crushing poverty and I doubt I have the heart to read a similar story. My ugly American privilege. Read full review

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About the author (1962)

Carolina Maria de Jesus, a Brazilian woman with only two years of schooling, was the mother of three illegitimate children, each born of a different father. This story of her life in São Paulo stands as a vivid, incendiary social document. With stark simplicity, Carolina describes her squalid neighborhood, the favela, and tells how she lived hand to mouth. To keep herself and her children barely alive, to stave off their ever-present hunger, Carolina must scavenge for scraps of metal and paper in the gutter to sell. Her story is a witness to the vicious fights, the knifings, and the sordid sex of the favelados—prisoners of poverty, prey of the unscrupulous, and the breeders of revolution.
Robert M. Levine devoted his career to Brazilian social history. He chaired the National Committee on Brazilian Studies and the Columbia University Seminar on Brazil and was director of the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami. His major books include Vale of Tears and Father of the Poor? Vargas and His Era.

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