Carolina Maria De Jesus

Carolina Maria de Jesus was a Brazilian writer who lived most of her life in a favela in São Paulo. She is best known for her diary 'Quarto de Despejo' (Child of the Dark), which chronicles her daily life as a black woman living in poverty and raising her children. Her work provides a powerful insight into the socio-economic conditions of the urban poor in Brazil during the mid-20th century.


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  1. 1. Child Of The Dark

    The book is a powerful and harrowing diary that provides an unflinching look at the brutal realities of life in the favelas of São Paulo, Brazil, through the eyes of a struggling single mother. The author documents her daily fight for survival and that of her children, as they contend with hunger, poverty, and the constant threat of violence. Her poignant observations and raw emotional honesty offer a deeply personal insight into the systemic social injustices and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

    The 1913th Greatest Book of All Time