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The Life and Death of Carolina Maria de Jesus (Dialogos)

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Two historians work jointly to produce a biography of a brave, courageous, and fiercely independent favela dweller from the slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Levine, of the University of Miami, and Bom Meihy, of the University of Sao Paulo, chronicle the life and times of Carolina Maria de Jesus, an illegitimate black Brazilian woman born into destitution in the rural interior who fled the countryside in 1937 at the age of 23 to seek a better life in Sao Paulo. The authors describe Carolina's life of misery and poverty as aptly as their subject did in her own diaries, first published to great success in Brazil in 1960 and later in English as Child of the Dark (1962). But they also explore the political, social, and cultural aspects of her life that she naturally would be inclined to omit, such as her sexual activities and the reasons for her lack of popularity in Brazilian intellectual circles. The book is especially useful for students of Brazilian history and culture. For academic and larger public library collections.
Philip Y. Blue, Dowling Coll. Lib., Oakdale, N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This is an intriguing and thought-provoking biography . . . Levine and Sebe offer a poignant and provocative study . . ."

ÝThe authors¨ reconstruction of her life story is compelling reading. . . . Strongly recommended.

A haunting chronicle of hunger . . . a dramatic document of the dispossessed that both shocks and moves the reader.

This is an intriguing and thought-provoking biography. . . . Levine and Sebe offer a poignant and provocative study. . . .

It is a minor classicbecause it is one of the very few books that have ever been written about the lowest and poorest, "les misrables" by one of themselves. Her book contains the seldom-told truth which inspires in some compassion, in some revulsion, and in others revolution.

a[The authorsa] reconstruction of her life story is compelling reading. . . . Strongly recommended.a

aA haunting chronicle of hunger . . . a dramatic document of the dispossessed that both shocks and moves the reader.a

aThis is an intriguing and thought-provoking biography. . . . Levine and Sebe offer a poignant and provocative study. . . .a

aIt is a minor classicabecause it is one of the very few books that have ever been written about the lowest and poorest, "les misA(c)rables" by one of themselves. Her book contains the seldom-told truth which inspires in some compassion, in some revulsion, and in others revolution.a --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dialogos
  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826316476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826316479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,983,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a marvelous study not only of a poignant African-Brazilian woman persecuted for daring to state her beliefs, but one that reveals the different ways that American (Levine) and Brazilian (Meihy) scholars perceive the problems of race in society. A must read for anyone interested in Latin American society or the history of women or of blacks in the hemisphere.
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