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Engendering Latin America #4: I'm Going to Have a Little House: The Second Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

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In August 1960 the publication of Quarto de Despejo (Child of the Dark) created a sensation in Brazil—and in the rest of the world—as it appeared in translations in fourteen languages. That diary of a poor black woman from a favela on the outskirts of São Paulo became the best-selling book in Brazilian history. In it, Carolina Maria de Jesus chronicled her life as an unemployed, single parent of three children, eking out a precarious existence selling scrap paper and other detritus found in the city streets. She described how she wrote at night on the scavenged scraps. Her remarkable diary—angry, proud, wretched, and hopeful—was found and published by an enterprising journalist. The books success permitted Carolina to leave her flimsy shack in triumph and move into the cinder-block house of her fantasy.
 
Im Going to Have a Little House is de Jesuss second diary. It covers the first year following her rise to fame. In it she recounts her struggles with celebrity, middle-class expectations, and the racial and social tensions her success had exacerbated. This work, never previously translated into English, tells the rest of the story—the grim truth that favela life doesnt prepare one for middle-class "respectability" and that the fall back into poverty is as easy as the struggle to escape it is difficult. Carolina Maria de Jesus died in 1977, forgotten and in poverty.

About the Author

Robert M Levine is a professor of history and Director of Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Life and Death of Carolina Maria de Jesus.
 
Melvin S. Arrington, Jr. is a professor of modern languages at the University of Mississippi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803275997
Translator:
Levine, Robert M.
Translator:
Arrington, Melvin S.
Translator:
Arrington, Melvin S.; Levine, Robert M.
Translator:
Levine, Robert M.
Translator:
Arrington, Melvin S.
Author:
Arrington, Melvin S.
Author:
Levine, Robert M.
Author:
de Jesus, Carolina Maria
Author:
Jesus, Carolina Maria De
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska Paperback
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Sociologists
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Blacks -- Brazil -- Säao Paulo -- Diaries.
Subject:
Säao Paulo
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Säao Paulo (Brazil) Social conditions.
Subject:
Säao Paulo (Brazil) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Engendering Latin America ;
Series Volume:
sv. 47v. 4
Publication Date:
19970731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., map
Pages:
189
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.56 lb

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