The demise send tells the tale of an American sailor, stateless and penniless simply because he has misplaced his passport, who's burdened by way of police and hounded throughout Europe until eventually he unearths an 'illegal' task shoveling coal within the carry of a steamer sure for destruction.
The demise send is the 1st of B. Traven's politically charged novels approximately lifestyles one of the downtrodden, that have offered greater than thirty million copies in thirty-six languages. subsequent to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, it's his such a lot celebrated work
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