Monday, 18 January 2016

 This time I would write about my master's thesis. Actually, about one of the writing I raise. My thesis deals with Latin American testimony (non-fiction writing). I'm going to study a Hernán Valdés's (Chile), a Miguel Barnet (Cuba) and a Carolina Maria de Jesus's (Brasil) book. I'm going to approximate the last one.
Carolina Maria de Jesus is a destitute black woman who lives in one of Sao Paulo's Favela, Canindé. She and her three children live at a shack. She was born in a Brazilian city-Sacramonte. When her mother become widowed they moved to the village and then they went to a city. Finally, Carolina migrated to São Paulo when her mother is dead. The Carolina's life restricts to gathering papers, tins and begging in some food factories. She lives in extreme poverty: she wakes up to have water and some foodstuff. After have breakfast, she goes out to raise money for dinner and then she leaves the shack to have money to prepare supper..She does like that every day.
Carolina is needy and unmarried. Both agents are not propitious. In Brazil in the fifties the single mothers were not acceptable. Beyond, Carolina was an extraordinary dweller in the favela: she was literate, she used to listen to music on the radio and to write a diary. She markedly differs from others dwellers, she doesn't like gossipping, fighting or drinking alcohol.
The publication of her diary was possible due to a reporter- Audálio Dantas. The first diary achieved success, nevertheless, it did not brighten Carolina's life conditions. The Brazilian politics even took advantage of her, taking pictures with Carolina during the presidential campaign. However, they did not help people from favelas. There is one more factor to consider: only a certain part of her diaries (she wrote about thirty five diaries) were publicised and surely there were some reasons to public this one and not others.

Clicking this link, you can see a video in which the character plasticine. The video is in Portuguese.

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