Bitita's Diary The Childhood Memoirs of Carolina Maria de Jesus

ISBN-10: 0765602121
ISBN-13: 9780765602121
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/31/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 6.05" wide x 8.99" long x 0.57" tall
Weight: 0.594

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 Sao 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.

Childhood
The Godmothers
The Holiday
Being Poor
A Little History
The Blacks
My Family
The City
My Son-in-Law
Grandfather's Death
School
The Farm
I Return to the City
The Domestic
Illness
The Revolution
The Rules of Hospitality
Culture
The Safe
The Medium
The Mistress
Being a Cook

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