By Carolina Maria De Jesus
Translated by way of Beth Joan Vinkler, Emanuelle Oliveira
Carolina Maria de Jesus (1914-1977), nicknamed Bitita, used to be a destitute black Brazilian girl born within the rural inside who migrated to the commercial urban of Sao Paulo. this is often her autobiography, such as information about her reviews of race kinfolk and sexual intimidation.
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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 Afterword About the Editor Foreword The Latin American Realities series presents aspects of life not usually covered in standard histories that tell the stories of governments, economic development, and institutions. Books in this series dwell on different facets of life, equally important, but not often analyzed or described.
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Sometimes I noticed the excitement of the people buying cloth to make clothing to wear on New Year’s Day. Why is it that they all talked and smiled on this day? And these days were celebrated with dances. Who could have invented dances? But I noticed that New Year’s Day was a day just like the others, with its miseries and afflictions. 1 So, the world is always like this? Every year it’s the same thing? My mother said no. The only month that I knew about was the month of May. And the blacks went out begging.
Bitita's Diary: The Autobiography of Carolina Maria de Jesus by Carolina Maria De Jesus