Bitita's Diary: The Autobiography of Carolina Maria de Jesus by Carolina Maria De Jesus

By Carolina Maria De Jesus

Translated through 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 can be her autobiography, together with information about her reports of race family and sexual intimidation.

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Every year we had to change the straw, because it would rot and had to be changed before the rains came. My mother paid ten thousand réis for a cartload of straw. The floor was not made of wood, it was earth, made hard over time by many steps. I was making my avant-première2 in the world. I knew my brother’s father, and I didn’t know my own. Does every child have to have a father? My mother’s father was Benedito José da Silva, his last name was the master’s. He was a tall, peaceful black man, resigned to his fate as a pawn of slavery.

Oliveira, Emanuelle. III. Vinkler, Beth Joan. IV. Title. V. Series. 00496′0092—dc21 [B] 97-26341 CIP ISBN 13: 9780765602121 (pbk) ISBN 13: 9780765602114 (hbk) Robert M. Levine: To David Emanuelle Oliveira: To my parents Beth Vinkler: To Jerry, who knows, with all my love, and to Katie, Matthew, and Jackie, my most valuable gifts, my most important work Contents Series Foreword by Robert M. Levine Acknowledgments Introduction by Robert M. Levine Bitita’s Diary 1. Childhood 2. The Godmothers 3. The Holiday 4.

That being the case, I would have to wait until it rained, and then the rainbow would appear. I quit crying for a few days. One night, it rained. I got up to see if I could find the rainbow. My mother came to see what I was doing. ” My mother didn’t talk much. ” “I wanna be as strong as a man. A man can chop down a tree with an ax. I wanna have a man’s courage. He walks in the woods and isn’t afraid of snakes. ” My mother smiled and took me back to bed. But when she got tired of my questions, she would beat me.

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