By Carolina Maria De Jesus

ISBN-10: 0765602113

ISBN-13: 9780765602114

Translated by means 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 economic urban of Sao Paulo. this can be her autobiography, together with information about her reviews of race family and sexual intimidation.

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But when she got tired of my questions, she would beat me. My baptismal godmother7 defended me. She was white. When she bought a dress for herself, she would buy another for me. She combed my hair and kissed me. I thought I was important because my godmother was white. I only wanted to eat delicious things. ” And for several days, I thought of nothing but fried bananas with cinnamon. If only I could eat a little bit more! If only I could eat that again! I ate canned coconut candy. Oh, how delicious!

When my brother found out that my mother was in jail, he began to cry. We walked all around the jail, crying. At midnight, they decided to release her. We were happy. She thanked us, then cried. ” When Mr. Manoel Nogueira found out, he was distressed, “Poor Cota. ” In order to arrest someone, there has to be a reason. What I can’t understand is how they could hire an illiterate guy to be a policeman. Of two hundred men, only ten knew how to read. Hiring an illiterate policeman was the last resort.

What pain! Then I cursed, “Common dog, no one around here likes you! ” They went to tell Doutor3 Brand who went to see our argument. He didn’t understand why those limes were scattered on the ground. ” “Shut up. ” “So that your son can do filthy things to me, like he does with all the girls that you pick up? It’s better to go to hell than to your house. Doutor Brand, here everyone talks about you, but no one has the nerve to talk to you. Grown-ups don’t have the nerve to come up and speak! ” They went to tell my mother that I was fighting with Doutor Brand.

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