The Death Ship (Paperback)

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This is the story of an American sailor who, after being stranded in Europe without papers, finds work aboard the doomed ship Yorikke, and the hardships he must endure. One of the earliest novels by the mysterious B. Traven, this is a scathing and often hilarious indictment of bureaucracy, nationalism, division of labor, and the endurance and strength of the human spirit. Easily my favorite book of all time.

— From Andy


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 sold more 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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“The greatest of Traven's works, it is a good-humored but devastating attack on bureaucracy and the state.” —Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9781556521102
ISBN-10: 1556521103
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 1991
Pages: 384
Language: English