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GOVERNMENT.

Traven, B.

ISBN 10: 0809050781 / ISBN 13: 9780809050789
Published by NY: HILL AND WANG. 1971, 1971
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition & first to be written entirely in English by the author. The rare British edition of the 30's was translated from German. Near fine in a Vg.+ or better dj. (Faint trace of damping on inside of dj. Traces of rubbing to covers of dj. Some short edge nicks & shelfwear to dj. Orange hue on spine of dj. only very slightly discolored. Barely discernable erasure on front pastedown underneath dj. flap). Bookseller Inventory # 17828

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Title: GOVERNMENT.

Publisher: NY: HILL AND WANG. 1971

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

In the 1930s B. Traven wrote an epic of the birth of the Mexican revolution in what have become known as the "Jungle Novels." Government is the first of the six novels that comprise the series. Depicting the political corruption that infected even the smallest villages in Mexico, the novel tells the story of Don Gabriel, a minor government functionary who has a virtual license to steal from the Indian village where he is secretary―except that the Indians have nothing to steal. By chance he finds an opportunity in the labor agent business, shanghaiing luckless Indians into debt-slavery so that he can ship them off to work in the great mahogany plantations owned by foreign capital. The novel reaches a moving climax in a clash of cultures between the simple dignity of the illiterate Indians and the cynicism and corruption of the politicians and petty bureaucrats. "Traven is a very great writer.... His work must be read."―New York Times Book Review.

About the Author:

The mysterious B. Traven (1890-1969) was born in Chicago, spent his youth in Germany as an itinerant actor and revolutionary journalist, became a seaman on tramp steamers, settled in Mexico in the early 1920s, and began recording his experience in novels and stories. In the United States his best-known novel is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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