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  • "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1927) by B. Traven

    by B. Traven

    A remarkably realistic novel about a trio of American down-and-outers digging for gold in the troubled Mexico of the post-revolutionary period, told in the inimitably forceful, down-to-earth style of the author of The Death Ship.
    A forceful tale brimming with empathy for the common man and his (...)

  • "The Death Ship" (1926) by B. Traven

    by B. Traven

    This extraordinary account of the life and hardships of a penniless but very articulate and anti-establishmentarian not to say revolutionary sailor in the chaotic post-WW1 world of the twenties was first published as Das Totenschiff in Germany in 1926 under the pen-name of B. Traven. It was (...)

  • "Dead Souls" (1842) by Nikolai Gogol

    by Nikolai Gogol

    The account of the not-always-successful attempts of the traveling schemer Chichikov to make his way in the world by ingratiating himself with important people and devising complicated schemes to achieve financial and social success by wile and charm — notably to purchase deceased surfs (“dead (...)

  • "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell (1949)

    by George Orwell

    One of the most famous novels of its time and certainly the best-known and most widely-read science-fiction novel of all time, Nineteen Eighty-Four is an extrapolation some forty years into the future of the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union — that had just been extended to a significant part (...)