Written between 1955 and 1960, Child of the Dark is the daily journal of a artist, a writer who, as the single mother of three young children, supports her family by picking through garbage for paper and scraps to sell. They live in a cardboard and wood-scrap shack in a Brazilian slum called the "favela" where there is no plumbing and one public cold-water spigot is the only clean water source for several hundred people. Carolina wants her journal to document the lives "favelados" are forced to live. "July 24 "I got up at 5 o'clock to carry water." She often understates: "June 18 Today it dawned raining. Yesterday Vera spit two worms out of her mouth. She has a fever. There is no school today in honor of the Prince of Japan." Carolina de Jesus is a poet of intense dignity without physical or spiritual nourishment. "July 15 Today is the birthday of my daughter Vera Eunice. I can't give her a party for this would be just like trying to grab ahold of the sun with my hands. Today there's not going to be any lunch."
The book that has riveted universal attention on the brutal, sordid plight of slum dwellers across the world...Child of the Dark.
Written on scraps of paper picked from gutters this is the raw, primitive journal of a street scavenger, Carolina Maria deJesus, who fought daily for survival for herself and her three illegitimate children in a swualid Brazilian favela - a human garbage dump, home of the poor, the hungry, the desperate