• Title: The Death Ship
  • Author: B. Traven
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Death Ship The Death Ship tells the story of an American sailor stateless and penniless because he has lost his passport who is harassed by police and hounded across Europe until he finds an illegal job shovel
    The Death Ship tells the story of an American sailor, stateless and penniless because he has lost his passport, who is harassed by police and hounded across Europe until he finds an illegal job shoveling coal in the hold of a steamer bound for destruction.The Death Ship is the first of B Traven s politically charged novels about life among the downtrodden, which have soThe Death Ship tells the story of an American sailor, stateless and penniless because he has lost his passport, who is harassed by police and hounded across Europe until he finds an illegal job shoveling coal in the hold of a steamer bound for destruction.The Death Ship is the first of B Traven s politically charged novels about life among the downtrodden, which have sold than thirty million copies in thirty six languages Next to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, it is his most celebrated work

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    1. تنقلك هذه الرواية إلى عرض البحر ،لكن بالتأكيد ليس من خلال سفينة ملكية مرفهة من تلك التي تخطر على بالك بجمالها وعظمتها، لا يا سيدي هنا سفينة الموت، نعم تستحق هذا اللقب وربما تغير رأيك لو ألقيت نظرة في داخله ورحت تجوب في مهاجعها القذرة وتتناول طعامها النئ وتعمل في نقل الفحم داخ [...]

    2. O my fucking christ, this is the most miserable, insufferable book I have ever read. I could only continue reading because its fucking brilliant, and Traven is a genius. The first part is an occassionally amusing odyssey of a man without a passport dealing with authorities, but mostly its just an painful journey of the absurd into the depths of bureaucratic and legal inanity. The second part of the book is where it gets really gruesome. Mr No-passport gets a job working in the bowels of the Deat [...]

    3. I like sea stories, and I like stories about people who are down on their luck and downtrodden, so yeah, I was bound to like this. Some complain that it gets boring in the middle with a lot of talk about furnaces (hi, Maureen!) and boilers and such, and there definitely is a lot of time spent on the workaday drudgery of the firemen and coal-drags working in the stoke-hold of the titular ship, but I felt this was there for a reason. Traven succeeds in making you feel the backbreaking toil, the fi [...]

    4. b. traven played me like a fiddle with this book. i found myself muttering darkly about the bloodless bureaucracy that runs the world, piling up money that will never been seen by the poor, and the honest workers who do their best to stay afloat. it is this kind of rhetoric that stoked my fire:"There is no getting used to pain and suffering. You become only hard-boiled, and you lose a certain capacity to be impressed by feelings. Yet no human being will ever become used to sufferings to such an [...]

    5. “Así es la vida, sólo lo que uno se dice interiormente hace de nosotros lo que somos. Quiero decir que cuando uno es capaz de distinguir lo que es imaginación de lo que es realidad, empieza a darse cuenta de cosas muy notables” B. Traven (aka Ret Marut aka Otto Feige aka tantos otros alias) desempeñó los oficios de montador mecánico, actor, marino mercante, escritor, frutero, cerrajero y otras mil ocupaciones, pero fue, por encima de todo, un hombre lúcido y comprometido. Participó e [...]

    6. The death ship it is I am in,All I have lost, nothing to winSo far off sunny New OrleansSo far off lovely Louisiana. (from "Song of An American Sailor")This was B. Traven's first novel, published in 1934, and it is my favorite of his works. It is a sea story unlike any other, being a story of men at sea as a metaphor for men against what Jack London infamously referred to as the "Iron Heel" of modern industrialism. Gerard Gales misses his ship, the Tuscaloosa, in Antwerp and is picked up by the [...]

    7. أنها رواية مؤلمة زمن الحدود، وجوازات السفر، والتأشيرات. ليست الحروب مشكلة؛ بقدر ما قد ينجم من آثار؛ عن تلك الحروب. الحروب العالمية؛ صنعت الحدود، وقيدت حريات البشر لم يعودوا كالحشرات؛ يطيروا أينما أرادوا فقط؛ لأجل أن تفرض الدول همنتها؛ على هذا الإنسانرواية؛ عن البحث؛ أولاً؛ [...]

    8. الحياة والمعاناة بداية بمغادرة السفينة تاركة البحار وحده حاملة معها اوراقه ليجد نفسه مشردا من بلد لاخر معرض للسجن والاعدام لان ليس لدية اى اوراق او اموال او سلطة تثبت شخصيته فالشرطة وقنصل بلدة فى كل مكان لايعترف به لانه لايمتلك بطاقة البحار او جواز سفره ليثبت هويته ويتم الا [...]

    9. بحار ينزل إلى مرفئ وتذهب سفينته عنه وجواز وأوراقه الثبوتية في تلك السفينة ومن ثم يصف الصعوبات التي واجهها ليكون بحّارًا من جديد وعندما يجدُ سفينة آُخرى تُشغله عاملاً لديها يخساره هو وصديقه بسبب الإختطاف الذي صار لهما فيعملان على سفينة الأنجليزية يحاول قبطانها أن يغرقها أسل [...]

    10. استذرف دمعك يابيبه أم ستنتظر دورك للدخول للمهجع ذي الأبيات المشؤومة التي حفرت عند مدخله؟ صحيح، تذكرت، لايمكنك فعل اي شيء، فأنت لاتملك أوراقا ثبوتية

    11. Superato l'esordio promettente, Traven ricade nella definizione mnemonica degli impianti navali della Yorikke, la cosiddetta nave morta, e ripete più volte la personale invettiva contro le pratiche burocratiche. Nell'ultima parte, o almeno negli ultimi capitoli, il romanzo ha saputo riaccendere il mio interesse, anche se - a parer mio - non si aggiudica alcun merito. Significativa è la nozione di "nave morta", che si allontana quanto più possibile dalla costituzione tangibile del romanzo. Inf [...]

    12. the first english publication of death ship. it was first translated by traven into german and that version was translated back into english by eric sutton. traven's own english version was finally published several months later.

    13. Apart from Joseph Conrad--no waitaminute--forget what I was gonna say. Forget Joseph Conrad. When you see B. Traven on the spine of a book, just pick it up. Especially if it's B. Traven writing anything containing a stream or a river or a sea in it, hurry home with it. It is Traven alone--I can't name any other author--who can beat Conrad for sea-writing. I used to think that H.M. Tomlinson made Conrad dim a little. But now I've read Traven. So forget even Tomlinson. Traven is the man. The only [...]

    14. SeelenverkäuferSein Schiff ist früher ausgelaufen als geplant und mit ihm seine Papiere. Der aus New Orleans stammende Matrose Gale muss nun zusehen wie er weiterkommt. Auf einem anderen Schiff anzuheuern, ist ohne Seemannsbuch nicht so leicht. Ebensowenig wie ohne Seemannsbuch an einen Pass zu kommen. Deshalb wird Gale erstmal von einem europäischen Land ins andere abgeschoben. Als quasi Staatenloser kann in niemand gebrauchen. Erst auf der heruntergekommenen Yorikke findet der Seemann eine [...]

    15. Kind of an odd and ultimately unsuccessful book but so rich and prescient in moments it really does feel like a connective spirit between mindsets of the present and of the past (written in 1926?!).Split up into 3 pretty different parts- The first section follows a merchant mariner from New Orleans who oversleeps on a port stay at some European city and misses his boat. Paper-less and penniless, the sailor nonchalantly resigns himself to being shuffled between border checkpoints throughout Europ [...]

    16. 3.5"Yüzlerce Yorikke, yüzlerce ölüm gemisi yollardadır, yedi denizde yüzerler. Her ülkenin ölüm gemileri vardır. Burunları kaf dağında olan nice kumpanyalar bilirim, utanmadan şerefli bayraklarını da bu ölüm gemilerine. Sigorta primleri boşuna mı ödenir sanırsınız? No, Sir, her işin bir çıkar yanı olmalı, yoksa yürümez.Çok ölü olduğu için bu kadar ölüm gemisi var. Özgürlük için savaşıldı, ama ölenler çok oldu. Özgürlük savaşından sonra çıktı [...]

    17. تبحر بك هذه الرواية في سفينة بخارية أو بالأحرى ثلاث سفن ليست كما عهدناها في الأفلام حيث يكون القبطان سيد البطولات بل ستظهر عامل على (سفينة الموتى) لا هوية له .نعم لا هوية له تظهر هذه الرواية أنياب البيروقراطية التي أفقدتنا أهم حرياتنا فأصبح جواز يقارن بالإنسان والإنسانية بل ه [...]

    18. There are quite a few things going in favor of this novel: it's funny, it doesn't romanticize the life of a high-seas sailor, it has a playfully Kafkaesque view of governments and bureaucracy, and it has touches of the bizarre-absurd that are entertaining. What the novel lacks, however, is a character - at least a human character; the Yorkiee is more fully realized than either our hero, Pipip (we don't even know his real name even when he says it's something else), or Stanislav. Both characters [...]

    19. Great. Fast-read, intelligent book.***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***Personally, I think that this book has two "parts", well that this book is divided in two essentially different parts. First part has focus on the social aspects of that time, and that aspect is same, even now. Second part is more personal, and actually moves focus from wider picture to little society of the Yorikke, Yorikke's crew, and especially at main protagonist.The term death ship refers to boat which is worth more sunk than it w [...]

    20. Takakannessa luki että tämä kirja on kuin "pannuhuoneiden Moby Dick". Sain 12-vuotiaana isoäidiltäni syntymäpäivälahjaksi Moby Dickin, ja jokainen sen lukuyritys on päättynyt jatkuvaan nukahteluun. Kuolemanlaiva sen sijaan tuli luettua aika lailla herkeämättä putkeen. Kyseessä on umpianarkistinen seikkailukirja joka yhdistää lennokkaasti ja runsailla lapinlisillä kerrottua merimiesjuttua erittäin purevaan yhteiskunnalliseen satiiriin. Kertojana toimiva Gerard Gales on paperinsa [...]

    21. The last time i caught my self searching for an epilogue that i knew it would not exist, just to find something that would make me feel better from what i had just read,was when i read 1984.By far one of the most depressing books i have ever read, the death ship is the story of a man who unable to prove his own identity after a series of unfortunate events, has no other choice than to embarg οn a coffin ship, a ship where stranded people work as sailors, people with no home and no identity.Fort [...]

    22. What happens when it's World War I and countries are being divided up, and you are not in the city you belong to because you are serving on a ship? What happens if the ship you work on took off in the middle of the night while you were sleeping in Port? Now, both of you have no papers to prove where you belong, and no country will let you stay. You get on a "Death Ship. This is a ship that no longer makes$ for its owners and so needs to be sunk for the insurance it will bring in. This book is ab [...]

    23. B. Traven is the author of the book behind the famous movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre. He also authored a series of books I've read, on the Mexican revolution, that are now out of print. B. Traven is a mysterious personality who has been identified as being Rett Marue a German national. Whatever he was, this book is memorable as a Kafka-esque tale of a stateless sailor who is tossed across national borders and ends up on a "death ship" with the job of stoker in a hellish engine room. I've rea [...]

    24. Die Hauptfigur, Matrose, wird bei einem Landgang durch vorzeitige Abreise des Schiffes aller ihrer Papiere verlustig und gilt in Folge als Staatenloser. Wie ein Outlaw wird sie nun zwischen den Ländern hin und her geschickt Die Handlung spielt mit Nantes Göttlicher Komödie. Sie zeigt wie absurd eine Gesellschaft ist, die einem Papier wie einem Pass so viel Bedeutung zukommen lässt. Gleichzeitig finden sich im Rahmen des Syrienkonfliktes und fliehenden Bevölkerung auch aktuelle Bezüge. Das [...]

    25. I was interested in this as it was a strong part of the inspiration for the JJ Abrams/Doug Dorst novel S. (with all of its additional elements). Traven was a mysterious figure and this novel, dating from the 1930s, is a mysterious work. It has strong shades of Kafka as the narrator battles with bureaucracy through the first part of the novel before he finds himself on the death ship of the title, a torturous vessel that seems to have lasted millennia. The descriptions of life on board the ship a [...]

    26. B. Traven may be the most mysterious author of all time, at least in modern days. No one knows who he was, though most think he lived in Germany and was forced to live because of political turbulence. Some think he was more than one person. Whatever, he wrote some great stuff. "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is a terrific book and a great movie. (Bogie was a perfect villain.) But "Death Ship" might be better. Apparently Traven, whoever he was, worked on a ship that was marked for destruction by t [...]

    27. Um, wow. How had I never heard of Traven before? Apparently he's a big deal and I now see why. I would not have expected to love a novel about sailors and bureaucracy as much as I did this book. A brilliant novel of the interwar period, scathing socioeconomic critique, hilarious and heartbreaking. And voice? This book has got it.

    28. "لكنه لم يظهر، لم أعد أراه فقد أخذه القبطان الكبير معه حتى دون هوية ولا بطاقة بحار ولا جواز سفر، وقال له : تعال يا ستانيسلاف كوسلوفسكي، تعال فأنا سأكتب اسمك بكل شرف واحترام في سجل السفينة لتسافر معنا في رحلة بعيدة، هيا اذهب إلى المهجع، لكن هلا قرأت أولا المكتوب أعلى بابه؟ .وستا [...]

    29. Excellent -- I can see that the middle section might be a bit of an ordeal for some readers, and I'll cop to needing the occasional side-trip into something a bit lighter. But Traven keeps the energy high at all times, and I found myself engaged throughout.

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