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Beyond All Pity

by Carolina Maria de Jesus - £9.99  Souvenir Press (2005)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780285636989 | ISBN 10: 0285636987

On its first publication in 1960, 'Beyond All Pity' was not only a sensation but at the time was the bestselling Brazilian book in history, making Carolina Maria de Jesus a spokeswoman for the poor, the dispossessed and the illiterate, and quickly translated all around the world. This diary is of her life in a Brazilian favela, the slums that are cities of crime and poverty, where she lived in a wooden shack roofed with flattened tin cans. She and her three children survived by foraging for waste paper to sell and at night she wrote her diary on scraps of paper. 'Beyond All Pity' focused attention on the plight of slum dwellers in Brazil's favelas with its shocking description of the hungry and the poor in their daily struggle to survive. 'Beyond All Pity' is the unforgettable expression of an individual speaking against the evils of poverty, while Carolina Maria de Jesus is an inspirational example of human endurance and courage under the most extreme suffering. Millions have identified with her strength of character and refusal to accept the world's injustices.

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