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Die Troza [PDF / EPUB] Die Troza With the first publication in English of Trozas B Traven's legendary Jungle Novels an epic of the birth of the Mexican Revolution are complete Trozas is the fourth of the six Jungle Novels that descri With the first publication in English of Trozas B Traven's legendary Jungle Novels an epic of the birth of the Mexican Revolution are complete Trozas is the fourth of the six Jungle Novels that describe the conditions of peonage and debt slavery under which Mexican Indians suffered during the reign of Porfirio Daz The main character of the novel is a young Indian named Andrs Ugaldo a virtual slave worker in a montera mahogany plantation which is purchased by the profit hungry Montellano brothers widely despised for their brutal treatment of workers The demands on Andrs and his companions exceed even the usual insufferable conditions in the montera Trozas the word means logs captures the origins of the rebellious spirit that slowly spread through the labor camps and haciendas culminating in the bloody revolt that ended Daz's rule Traven masterfully evokes the backbreaking daily routine of the montera brings alive the players in this sordid drama and tells the story in riveting narrative.

  • Paperback
  • 269 pages
  • Die Troza
  • B. Traven
  • English
  • 12 February 2015
  • 9781566632195

About the Author: B. Traven

B Traven February – March was the pen name of a German novelist whose real name nationality date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute A rare certainty is that B Traven lived much of his life in Mexico where the majority of his fiction is also set—including his best known work The Treasure of the Sierra Madre which was adapted as.

5 thoughts on “Die Troza

  1. says:

    I have a confession to make in my most democratic home some books have privilegesThe normal life of a book in my house is 4 phasedFirst it is being brought home Most of the time I do it myself going to a bookshop browsing through Fiction Science Fiction Crime Horror and History selecting seven or eight titles leaving six behind paying for the surviving candidate carrying it back to my work office showing it excitedly to my surroundings who could not care less laying it lovingly on my desk stroking its cover flipping through the pages with anticipation Sometimes the book comes through the post which for all its convenience spoils the ritual The last stages are always the same after giving a close and thorough look to its body books have bodies and souls just the same as we do examining its spine evaluating its weight feeling the thickness grain and colour of its paper the size of its font the smell of its ink the robustness of its binding I put it on the sill give it a last glance then I turn off the light for the nightIn a second phase the book sleeps Like a plant or a cat it lies there where I have put it cropping time and dust But a sleeping book has a stillness uality unlike plants or cats It does not grow invasive it does not get restless It just collects days and dust its pages turning slowly yellow its colours slowly fading away It has no worries and all the patience in the world It knows that one day it will be readThis day finally arrives It can be the day after I bought it it can be after one month it can be after ten years One day having closed another book I spot this one Its time has come I pick it up undust it with a stroke of the hand flip it around read the back cover the front cover the dust jacket when it has one I rub it in my hands feeling the excitement again Yes this will be my next read and oh boy it’s gonna be a good one From there on and for anything between three days and three month I will carry the book everywhere with me to the living room to the kitchen to the toilets of course to the bedroom to the gym to the office to the shops – because one never knows when one will need a book in the car in the train in the plane It is in my bag when I visit my parents it is in my pocket when I meet friends at the pub it is in my hands when I sit in a cinema – what else am I gonna do before the movie starts? It is on the table when I go to the restaurant People laugh at me and I just shrug So I have an addiction so what? A book doesn’t destroy my lungs my kidneys or my liver A book is nowhere near as possessive as a dog or a kid A book is not jealous A book is uietThen when I am done with it I put the book in its final resting place This is where democracy ends For in my house there are book shrines There is a shrine for any book from or about Blaise Cendrars There is a shrine for Antoine Volodine’s novels There is a shrine for the popular stories of Rosny Ainé and for Jean Ray’s Harry Dickson stories There is a small shrine for Flaubert’s works And there is a shrine for BTravenI still can’t explain why I take so much pleasure in reading BTraven He writes with a machete His stories are basic; to be completely frank BTraven doesn’t even seem that bothered about his stories In his novels a good half is dedicated to documenting workers’ life or providing full details about their daily work while the other half is just a long comment about the greed of company directors the cupidity of landowners and the corrupt and lethal nature of the Mexican dictatorshipThis is what I find so admirable and comforting about BTraven’s novels The man has no doubt He does not ponder he does not hesitate He picked his side a long time ago and he defends it no matter what without compromise He does not see the other side of the argument The other side of the argument is simply wrong and corrupted and evil He has no interest in it BTraven is integrity incarnated so are his novels raw in one block immovable They have one angle one approach You can burn them if you don’t find them to your taste You cannot spin themAll hail to Trozas I will give her as many stars as any rating allows me She is now resting on the top shelf of my shrine along with her sisters The Carreta Government March to the Monteria The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and of course The Death Ship

  2. says:

    It's amazing how Traven manages to weave the story of Andrés with the history of the lives of people in Southern Mexico In this installment of his Jungle novels we see how Andrés is now working in the monterías where they cut down and transport logs trozas of mahogany to the ports To say that it is hard work would be a complete understatement We learn not only about the physical hardships that the people who worked in this area of Mexico we learn about the mentality that was instilled in them through this hard work The only reason I'm not giving this one 5 stars is because I wanted from Andrés' perspective Either way this was a great novel that taught me so much about how life was for the men and women at that time in Mexico I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in history and great writing

  3. says:

    Less of a page turner than the previous book'March to the Monteria' this fourth book in Traven's 'Jungle' seuence slows the narrative to describe life at the monteria in detail It's no surprise to learn that it's basically Hell on Earth The title translates as 'Logs' appropriate enough as the peons in debt slavery working on the monteria deep in the jungle have the backbreaking task of felling mahogany trees and dragging the logs to the river so they can be transported to wealthy countries and turned into expensive furniture It's vivid stuff but Traven has a tendency to labour a point than necessary at times and he does that uite a bit here

  4. says:

    Brutal conditions described well

  5. says:

    Trozas by B TravenThis is a novel by B Traven Traven wrote a series of jungle novels in the 1930s I think this is the fourth one I’ve read over a number of years The books have to do with the exploitation of Indians in southern Mexico mostly those involved with the harvesting of mahogany in the jungleThe indians were roped into the work and enslaved through a system of debt Debt as a motivation for continued work is not an unusual thing in a capitalist society Many people even in the current USA have to continue working at something they might not particularly want to spend their days doing for the enrichment of the boss business owner or corporation Here this situation is very extreme as the tentacles of exploitation are transparent and Traven does a great job of putting them on display in our faces This extreme situation becomes an example of how unorganized workers are vulnerable to what capitalism is capable of in its relentless lust for profit from the work of others This is a vision of hell The indians are trapped in a system of debt that they can never escape from They are brought to a company store with inflated prices and given credit for the things they will need for the year or two long isolation of work in the remote jungle They have to buy their own tools the axes they use to chop down the trees etc If they die their families are then forced to assume the debt They have to pay for their daily rations cooked by Chinese workers who come alongThe working conditions are horrible The jungle a miserable wet place inhabited by wild animals like pumas and countless ruthless biting insects that leave the indian worker’s bodies and the other beasts of burden the oxen used to haul the mahogany bloody from the fly and tick bites every day A trozas is a felled mahogany tree It is big and very heavy It must be moved from where it was cut to a port to be shipped to the USA and to europe where the market for the mahogany is There is a lot of jungle through which the trozas must be moved There are no roads in the jungle There is nothing in the jungle but jungle The trozas are attached to teams of oxen with chains and dragged through the jungle The trozas get stuck in morasses along the way This is deep wet mud into which the workers sink up to their waists The work is extremely hard The workers don’t even have shoesIf this was not bad enough they are brutally treated by the owners and their overseers If they do not reach their daily uotas of trozas not only are they docked not credited with their miniscule daily wage thereby extending their enslavement but they are beaten whipped by the overseers There is even a extreme punishment of hanging the worker in the jungle for an extended period hours and beating them like that All this in supposed modification for meeting impossible daily production goalsIn showing us all this Traven maintains a sort of matter of fact tone He just tells us in detail what is going on and why so the writing doesn’t come off as a propaganda piece or a hysterical call to action It is simply the way it is in all it’s horrible exploitative brutalityThe jungle books are very great accomplishments in documenting all this Highly recommended Traven was a great mysterious man A real literary hero

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