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This book not only sets the record straight by providing detailed translations of Carolina's unedited diaries, but also explains why Brazilian elites were motivated to obscure her true personality and present her as something she was not. The Unedited Diaries of Carolina Maria de Jesus is not only about the writer but about Brazil as a whole as recorded by her sarcastic pen. The diary entries in the book span from 1958 to 1966, five years beyond text previously known to exist. They show Carolina as she was, preserving her Joycean stream-of-consciousness language, her pithy characterizations, and her allusions to antiquity.
Robert M. Levine is a professor of history and director of Latin American Studies at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. He is the author of Brazilian Legacies and Father of the Poor?: Vargas and His Times.
Jose Carlos Sebe Bom Meihy is a professor of history at the University of Sao Paulo and academic director of the Council of International Educational Exchange Interuniversity Study Program in Brazil.
"Important volume attempts to lay to rest doubts about authorship of Carolina's best-selling Quarto de despejo, translated as Child of the dark. Diary entries cover years 1958-66. Translations aim to reproduce tone and register of the original, without embellishment or correction, and are followed by a fascinating discussion of Carolina's significance"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.