Child of the Dark

Introduction

Carolina Maria de Jesus (14 March 1914[1] – 13 February 1977)[2] was a Brazilian peasant who lived most of her life in a favela (slums) of São Paulo, Brazil. She is best known for her diary, which was first published as Quarto de Despejo (Trash Room, published in English as Child of the Dark) in August 1960, after coming to the attention of a Brazilian journalist, and became a bestseller. This work remains the only document published in English by a Brazilian slum-dweller from that period.


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