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

Bitita's Diary : The Childhood Memoirs of Carolina Maria de Jesus - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765602121

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ISBN13: 978-0765602121
ISBN10: 0765602121
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No
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Bitita's Diary : The Childhood Memoirs of Carolina Maria de Jesus - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765602121

Carolina Maria de Jesus

ISBN13: 978-0765602121
ISBN10: 0765602121
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

1. Childhood
2. The Godmothers
3. The Holiday
4. Being Poor
5. A Little History
6. The Blacks
7. My Family
8. The City
9. My Son-in-Law
10. Grandfather's Death
11. School
12. The Farm
13. I Return to the City
14. The Domestic
15. Illness
16. The Revolution
17. The Rules of Hospitality
18. Culture
19. The Safe
20. The Medium
21. The Mistress
22. Being a Cook