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The Cotton-Pickers

The Cotton-Pickers

B Traven

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



The first novel from the elusive author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Set in the 1920s in Mexico, B. Traven’s The Cotton-Pickers tells the story of Gerald Gales, who drifts in and out of jobs--on a cotton plantation, an oil field, in a pastry shop, and on a ranch--exposing the dangerous exploitation at each station and fomenting workers’ rights along the way. Adventurous, funny, and full of humanity, The Cotton-Pickers challenges and delights readers to this day.

"B. Traven is coming to be recognized as one of the narrative masters of the twentieth century." The New York Times

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B Traven

B. Traven (1882-1969) is the pen name of the most enigmatic writer of the twentieth century. His other aliases include Hal Croves, Traven Torsvan and Ret Marut. Born in Germany, Traven spent much of his adult life in Mexico. He once wrote, "I shall always and at all times prefer to be pissed on by dogs than reveal who I am." He has sold over thirty million books, in over thirty languages. Film adaptations of his work include The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which won 3 Oscars, Macario, the first Oscar nominated Mexican film, and The Death Ship, a cult classic in Germany. He is a model for Archimboldi, the hero of Roberto Bolaño's 2666.

B. Traven


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