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Book Title: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus|
The author of the book: Carolina Maria de Jesus
ISBN 13: 9780451529107
Date of issue: October 7th 2003
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This book is truly astounding because it's REAL!! It's like reading The Diary of Ann Frank. You can hardly believe that what you are reading actually takes place in this world.
In Canada we are so far removed from the destitute conditions that surround so many people that it's really hard to imagine the life of those people.
Child of the Dark is merely the account of the life of Carolina Maria de Jesus in the slums of Brazil. It talks about her struggle every single day to collect enough paper to sell so that she can manage to feed herself and her three children.
This novel astounds me because I cannot even imagine living like Carolina does. It moves me to want to do something to help change the world.
I hope others read this novel and are compelled to do acts that will benefit others less fortunate than they are.
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Read information about the authorCarolina Maria de Jesus was born on March 14, 1914 in Sacramento-MG, where lived your childhood and adolescence. Your parents probably migrated from Desemboque to Sacramento as a result of changing the economics of gold mining to farming activities.
As for your schooling, in Sacramento, studied in a spiritualist College, which had a work aimed at poor children of the town, given the help of influential people. Carolina studied just over two years. All your reading and writing is based on this short time of formal education. Quit the studies, but never stopped reading and writing.
Moved to São Paulo in 1947, and went to live in the now defunct favela of Canindé, in the northern part of the city. Worked as collector of recyclable materials. Kept journals and notebooks we found in the trash.
Even before all the injuries, losses and discrimination he suffered throughout his life, Carolina revealed through your writing the importance of the testimony, as a means of complaint of social inequality and racial prejudice.
His best known work, Quarto de Despejo – Diário de uma favelada (Child of the Dark), hosted by journalist Audalio Dantas and released in 1960, had an initial print run of 10000 copies, which sold out the first week. More than 55 years since then, the book has already been translated into 13 languages and sold in more than 40 countries. This book is a chronicle of life in the favela do Canindé, at the beginning of the "modernisation" of the city of São Paulo and the emergence in the outskirts. Cruel and perverse reality until then little known. This documentary literature, by the female narrative, in its defence, as it was known and named for journalism of denunciation of the years 50-60, is considered a current work, because the theme of problems until today in the big cities.
The work of Carolina Maria de Jesus is an important reference to the cultural and literary studies, both in Brazil and abroad and represents our peripheral/marginal and Afro-Brazilian literature. An example of strength, intelligence and ability to stay forever in the history of our culture.
Even today, much of the Carolina production still unheard. The researcher Raffaella Fernandez still is dedicated to the Organization of the manuscripts of the author. In a set of more than 5000 pages, are 7 novels, 60 short texts , 100 poems, 4 theatre plays and 12 letters for Carnival marches.
In 2014, as a result of the Projeto Vida por Escrito – Organização, classificação e preparação do inventário do arquivo de Carolina Maria de Jesus, awarded the Prêmio Funarte de Arte Negra, it launched the Biobibliografic Portal of Carolina Maria de Jesus (www.vidaporescrito.com) and, in 2015, released the book Vida por Escrito – Guia do Acervo de Carolina Maria de Jesus, organized by Sergio Barcellos. The project mapped the entire material of the writer who is guarded by several institutions, including: Biblioteca Nacional, Instituto Moreira Salles, Museu Afro Brasil, Arquivo Público Municipal de Sacramento and the Acervo de Escritores Mineiros (UFMG).