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

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The powerful firsthand account of life in the streets of São Paulo that drew international attention to the plight of the poor.

Includes eight pages of photographs and an afterword by Robert M. Levine
Translated from the Portuguese by David S. Clair
 

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Overview


The powerful firsthand account of life in the streets of São Paulo that drew international attention to the plight of the poor.

Includes eight pages of photographs and an afterword by Robert M. Levine
Translated from the Portuguese by David S. Clair
 

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“Written between 1955 and 1960, Child of the Dark is the daily journal of an artist, a writer who, as the single mother of three young children, supports her family by picking through garbage for paper and scraps to sell. They live in a cardboard and wood-scrap shack in a Brazilian slum called the favelas, where there is no plumbing, and one public cold-water spigot is the only clean water source for several hundred people. Her journal documents the lives favelados are forced to live....Carolina de Jesus is a poet of intense dignity.”—500 Great Books by Women
 
“A haunting chronicle…a dramatic document of the dispossessed that both shocks and moves the reader.”—New York Herald Tribune
 
“It is a minor classic—because it is one of the very few books that have ever been written about the lowest and the poorest, les misérables, by one of themselves.”—Horizon 

“It is both an ugly book and a touchingly beautiful book. It carries protest and it carries compassion. There is even bitter humor. As a fast-paced and strangely observant account of sheer misery, Child of the Dark is an immensely disturbing study of what can happen to a segment of the population of one of the world’s potentially wealthiest nations…a rarely matched essay on the meaning and feeling of hunger, degradation, and want.”—The New York Times Book Review
 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451529107
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 100
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 156,342
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author


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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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    A great book, an amazing history

    A very touch history of a woman, a mother, a survival. I was really touched by her diary. A clear message of a society, racism, descrimination...the book make us to think and realize how to appreciate life and be thankfull for all we have in our lifes...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2010

    This was a startling, superb read.

    Takes one right into the reality of a poverty stricken Afro-Brazilian woman of immense intelligence and undeniable strength.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    All I can say is--thank you De Jesus!

    Birth is nothing but luck. As I read the horrors of De Jesus's childrens lives and more importantly hers, I realized life is nothing but an odd coinsident. I thought about how this could be my life. I am truely blessed to have food in my tummy, clean water, a wonderful home, and democracy. This book also transformed my outlook on immigration here in the US. Living in Spanish Harlem I found myself respecting immigrants 100 times more than before. I am proud to say this book changed my life. My grandmother loves it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Amazing

    I thought this book shed light on the Brazilian slums in which De Jesus lived for many years. To many Americans, we are completely unaware of these lifestyles, often not having a clue as to how many people feel hungry everyday. The political system in Brazil encompasses nearly all of their citizens. It is amazing to me that an uneducated, poor woman living in the streets can know so much about the political system, candidates, politicians' histories, policies, and even their nicknames. De Jesus encouraged me to take off my American blinders and realize what's going on in the world. She was amazing.

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