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Here are ten of B. Traven's remarkable short stories. Three of them are long stories: The setting of "The Night Visitor" is a hacienda deep in the Mexican bush where a lonely American recreates in his imagination an eerie world of Indian folk legend. "The Cattle Drive" is a vivid description of a cowboy's trek with a thousand head of cattle across the Mexican plains; it haHere are ten of B. Traven's remarkable short stories. Three of them are long stories: The setting of "The Night Visitor" is a hacienda deep in the Mexican bush where a lonely American recreates in his imagination an eerie world of Indian folk legend. "The Cattle Drive" is a vivid description of a cowboy's trek with a thousand head of cattle across the Mexican plains; it has all the authenticity that Hollywood Westerns lack. "Macario," which was made into a prize-winning motion picture, is a wry Mexican fable about an Indian woodcutter who makes a compact with the devil to save his family from starvation. Among seven shorter stories, some are based on incidents from contemporary Mexican life, others on ancient Indian folk legends. All have spontaneity, humor, and warmth. "B. Traven is coming to be recognized as one of the narrative masters of the twentieth century." New York Times Book Review....

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  • brian
    2018-12-17 20:29

    b. traven.hal croves. ret marut. traven torsvan. otto feige. etc. why exactly is it that we're drawn to this particular mystery? it taps into much of how we feel about identity and impermeability and authorship and lotsa postmoderny types can really run with all that but i choose not to as 1) i haven't the chops, and 2) fuck all that. i actively don't want to fully understand why traven's biography and the story of benno von archimboldi so strongly affects me -- the mystery is part of the attraction. fuck demystification. fuck understanding. fuck the brain. (sometimes) but, yeah, if traven was a crap writer it wouldn't really matter... he'd be a loser oddball. you produce good work and misbehave and you're an elusive engima madman genius. heh heh. ten short stories, all set in mexico, ranging from the time of the aztecs to the twentieth century. all have the structure and simplicity of ancient myth. all carry the depth and universality of ancient myth. and traven has the confidence not to mar his stories with the twist ending -- the meaning is in the telling. traven's stories proceed as such: guy drinking mescal in a bar gets an offer to herd 3500 head of cattle 700 miles by rich landowner. guy takes offer. guy assembles crew. guy & crew trek across land encountering obstacles in the form of bandoleros, birth of calves, weather, etc. they make it to landowners house. guy gets paid. guy leaves. done! or guy who lives in mexican jungle watches his pal's house. he discovers a library of books dealing only with the aztec. buries himself in books for days. guy gets visited by ghost of an aztec who asks that he protect his burial grounds. guy does it. other guy comes home. done! great great shit. can't wait to read death ship. check this cover!

  • Teresa Proença
    2018-11-23 01:44

    Quem era B. Traven? Traven Torsvan, ou Otto Feige, ou Ret Marut, ou Hal Croves? Nasceu na Prússia em 1882, ou em Chicago em 1890? Era filho de um casal sueco, ou de um imperador alemão e uma bailarina? Estas são algumas das hipóteses sugeridas por vários biógrafos sobre a identidade de B. Traven (B de Bruno ou B de Bernhard?), que escondeu sempre a sua origem. Numa carta ao seu editor alemão escreveu:"Nunca a um criador de uma obra intelectual se deveria exigir a apresentação do curriculum. É uma falta de cortesia. Está-se a incitá-lo a que minta. Sobretudo se ele estiver convencido, por bons ou maus motivos, de que a sua vida real poderia desiludir os outros. Devo dizer que não é o meu caso. A minha vida pessoal não desiludiria. Mas esta só a mim diz respeito, e faço questão de que assim seja. Não por egoísmo, mas porque desejo ser eu o juiz dos meus assuntos pessoais."Viveu muitos anos no México (onde morreu) e é no povo mexicano que se centra esta colectânea de contos. A maioria das personagens são índios; gente pobre e simples, que mesmo nos actos de maior ingenuidade, revela uma grande sabedoria. Isto parece um contra-senso mas o comportamento das personagens, mesmo quando absurdo, é de uma lógica incontestável. São onze contos que li completamente deslumbrada, entre o riso e um permanente sentimento de ternura por aquelas criaturas tão puras e tão humanas.O meu conto preferido é o do mineiro que perde o relógio e tortura o Santo António para que lho encontre.Não. Gostei mais do do sacristão que fica a tomar conta da igreja e a limpar os santinhos durante a ausência do padre.Mas é mais bonita a história do Dr. Cranwell, que vivia no meio da selva e possuía uma biblioteca de obras raras e a do seu vizinho que, na ausência do Dr., começou a ler obsessivamente esses livros e a confundir realidade e ficção.E a do camponês que nas horas vagas criava cestinhos, "os seus poemas silenciosos", e deu uma lição de Economia a um comerciante?Também é um encanto a do produtor de algodão que os bandidos da região transformaram, à força, em médico.Mas a mais divertida é a história do camponês que atormenta o produtor de algodão para que lhe encontre a mulher, que fugiu com outro; porque ele tem fome e precisa que ela lhe cozinhe tortillas e frijoles.A mais triste é a linda história de Amizade entre um cão vadio e um francês, dono de um restaurante.De verdade, a que nunca vou esquecer é a de Macario, um homem muito pobre, com mulher e onze filhos sempre esfomeados, cujo único desejo (pelo qual vendia a alma) era ter um peru assado, todo para ele, e poder comê-lo bem longe dos filhos. Quando o seu sonho se realiza encontra três personagens - muito especiais - e uma delas muda a sua vida.Ora, para que estou a querer escolher o melhor conto se achei todos uma maravilha?

  • Cristina
    2018-12-10 18:24

    (https://acrisalves.wordpress.com/2015...)B. Traven é o pseudónimo sob o qual se escondeu um escritor desconhecido – certezas quanto à sua identidade não existem, apenas suspeitas. Sabe-se que terá vivido no México largos anos e que deveria ter nacionalidade alemã. Assim se explicam as histórias de mexicanos indígenas onde as novas crenças cristãs se misturam com as superstições dos índios.Relembrando a cultura mexicana, esta capa traduz bem o conteúdo da maioria dos contos que mistura a presença dos mortes com o dia-a-dia pragmático de uma ideologia bastante diferente da nossa. O conjunto de histórias abre com o relato do culto indígena, em que um índio, tendo perdido o relógio que o distingue dos demais, faz promessas ao Santo António. Promessa atrás de promessa, gasto atrás de gasto. O índio farta-se de dispender dinheiro em troca de nada, e começa a ameaçar o Santo que, em troca, em nada o ajuda.Noutro conto um índio dirige-se ao médico da vila para que este lhe descubra a mulher desaparecida que terá fugido de casa. Esfomeado pela falta de alguém que lhe cozinhe o jantar, o índio não acredita que o médico não seja capaz de tão simples feitiço. Acreditando que a nega do médico se baseia no parco dinheiro que tem para lhe pagar o serviço, o índio dirige-se à aldeia difamando o médico como charlatão.Na história que dá nome ao conjunto um homem de origens ocidentais instála-se num terreno inóspido, esperando fazer daquela terra os seus últimos dias. Para além dos índios os vizinhos são poucos, mas visita frequentemente um velho médico. Tendo este que viajar para tratar de uns assuntos, toma-lhe conta da casa e descobre os livros de mitologia índia que lê avidamente. Em pouco tempo começa a sonhar acordado com um estranho índio nobre que lhe pede auxílio numa questão que não compreende.Em Macario reconta-se uma versão da história “O Amigo da Morte”. Um homem tendo feito um favor à Morte, cai nas suas graças e ganha um elixir para salvar quase qualquer pessoa. A excepção serão as pessoas que a Morte indica como perdidas sem exclusão. Com este elixir consegue fama e riqueza suficiente para sustentar e elevar toda a família – até que um dia é chamado pelo Rei que lhe dá a escolher entre salvar o filho enfermo ou cair em desgraça, despojado de tudo o que possui.Se há algo a realçar neste livro é a escrita. Tendo lido uma tradução deduzo que tenha havido também grande cuidado na linguagem e isso nota-se. O cruzamento das mentalidades resulta em histórias caricatas senão cómicas, onde o aspecto prático da vida quotidiana se cruza com os crenças cristãs desenquadradas. Mesmo com receio do pecado, a mentalidade despreocupada conjugada com a fome e a pobreza, levam muitos a encarar a fé de uma forma pragmática que origina episódios peculiares. Em suma, um excelente conjunto de histórias pouco vulgares.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-27 19:41

    "my personal history would not be disappointing to readers, but it is my own affair which i want to keep to myself" - b. traven in defense of his refusal to provide a biography to help promote his first novel.the name that b. traven was christened with may never be revealed to us, but as tantalizing as that mystery is, i think it's pretty evident when you read his books that you know him: his interest in mexico and the indigenous population and their folklore; his disdain for greed and those who succumb to it; his love of travelling and adventure. the stories that comprise this collection are all reflective of those interests he most famously combined in the novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. i think b. traven's talents might suit the short form best: as a writer, his strengths lie in his dialogue, and his characters, and the adventures they embark upon, and while the adventures are grand, he doesn't rely on a lot of plot to entrance you. with the exception of "a new god was born" which felt a little too thin, and too journalistic in style, more a footnote in a history of guatemala than something that stood up on its own legs, all the stories in this collection really kicked my ass. i found "night visitor" spooky but also fascinating, and my enjoyment of it was perhaps coloured by the mystery of b. traven: one of the characters claims he has written 18 books but had no desire to publish them once they were perfected, but instead burned them, feeling a complete satisfaction in his cycle of creation and destruction. stories like "effective medicine", "the cattle drive", and "midnight call" seem like he must have lived them, and yet make me feel i had these adventures too. "conversion of some indians" and particularly "friendship" ask some very basic and deep questions, that he surely believed we should all ask ourselves, and challenge us to think and find our own answers. "macario", the beautiful final tale in the collection, is regarded as a modern mexican fable: the story of a woodcutter whose only ambition in life is to eat a whole turkey himself, and faces life and death decisions as a result. it is a tremendous story, and it doesn't really matter if the man who wrote it was mexican, german, or american. he just tells a great rollicking tale. :)

  • Tok
    2018-12-06 21:43

    นอกจากตัวนักเขียนซึ่งเป็นเรื่องลึกลับแล้ว หนังสือ(หรือเรื่องสั้นเพราะฉบับต่างประเทศมันทำรวมเล่มกับเรื่องสั้นอื่นๆ)เล่มนี้ก็ยังปกคลุมไปด้วยภาพของความคลุมเครือ น่ากลัว อยู่พอสมควรเรื่องของชายหนุ่มผู้มาอาศัยอยู่ในชนบท บริเวณที่เขาอยู่เป็นพื้นที่เก่าของชาวอินเดียนแดง มีนายแพทย์ผู้ดูเหมือนจะไม่ค่อยอยู่กับร่องกับรอยเป็นเพื่อนบ้านผิวขาวคนเดียวที่อาศัยละแวกนั้น วันหนึ่งนายแพทย์ต้องออกไปทำธุระ เลยฝากให้เขาดูแลบ้านให้ ระหว่างนั้นชายหนุ่มก็ได้พบกับ 'ผู้มาเยือน' คนหนึ่งเข้า และความลึกลับก็ตามเขามาจริงๆอ่านแล้วรู้สึกหลอนๆ โดยเฉพาะการให้ภาพของชาวอินเดียนแดงแบบนี้ คือมันก็กึ่งๆอยู่ เหมือนพยายามจะมองติคนขาวประมาณว่าชอบเอาข้าวของคนอื่น หรือจะมองเรื่องจิตวิญญาณของชาวอินเดียนแดงก็ได้ แต่ที่แน่ๆคนเขียนไม่ได้มีแนวทางต้านคนขาวแน่ๆ พอๆกับที่'พยายาม'ไม่ justice อินเดียนแดง อย่างไรก็ตาม ประเด็นข้างต้นนั้นไม่ได้เป็นปัญหามากนัก สิ่งที่น่าสนใจมากกว่าคือการเล่าถึงตัวละครชายหนุ่มคนนี้ว่าเรื่องของเขาเป็นเรื่องจริงหรือหลอนไปเอง การเล่าถึงความฝันเหมือนเป็นพิธีกรรมหรือตำนานอะไรซักอย่างของอินเดียนแดง เอาจริงๆเราว่ามันมีฟีลหลอนๆผสมกับบรรยากาศแบบหนังพี่เจ้ยอยู่ อ่อ คิดว่าหน้าปกไม่ได้มาจากเรื่องสั้นนี้แน่ๆ แต่มาจากเรื่องสั้นเรื่องอื่น เพียงแต่ของที่อื่นเขาพิมพ์รวมเล่มกัน ไม่ใช่เอาเรื่องสั้นมาขายเป็นเล่มหนึงแบบไทย

  • Rudiran Messias
    2018-11-24 01:43

    Este volume reúne duas novelas de B. Traven, um dos mais obscuros escritores do século XX, cuja real identidade ainda permanece um enigma.A primeira delas é a que dá nome ao livro. O visitante noturno conta a história de um aventureiro que abandona a civilização e vai viver nos confins da selva. Lá, acaba tomando conta da casa de um vizinho enquanto esse viaja. Durante sua ausência, aproveita para explorar a biblioteca do vizinho, mas é atropelado por experiências aterradoras.A segunda, Macário, é a incrível história de um homem que tem o sonho de comer um peru sozinho.Essas duas novelas estão entre as mais conhecidas do escritor misterioso, que já foi incluído por Borges em sua "Antología de la Literatura Fantástica" (1940). O livro ainda conta com prefácio que fala sobre o que se sabe e o que não se sabe sobre B. Traven, incluindo sua possível aparição no set de filmagens do filme "O Tesouro de Sierra Madre" (1927), baseado em texto seu. Também tem histórias de pessoas bem conhecidas que já se precisaram negar publicamente que eram o verdadeiro escritor por trás do pseudônimo.

  • Bob Newman
    2018-11-25 00:47

    To say that B. Traven captures the essence of old Mexican life outside the big cities, coming from a reviewer who had yet to set foot in Mexico, might seem a bit rich ! But I've heard that his novels and stories are required reading in Mexican schools. That may give more than just a little insight into what Mexicans think of his work. The pleasingly-written stories are well-constructed around themes of interest to everybody---history, poverty, work, love, dreams, animals, and humor. Throughout, Traven's respect for the common people of Mexico shines like an unwavering beacon, though he never idolizes them.The title piece, about an American stuck away in remote jungles, who reads his way through a library of rare books on pre-Columbian Indian civilizations, and reaps an amazing result, cannot fail to grip readers. Stories like "Effective Medicine", "Assembly Line" and "The Cattle Drive" reflect Mexican life as seen through American (or foreign) eyes, while "Burro Trading" is one of the most humorous stories I've read in a long time. Mexico is no doubt in the grip of the 21st century already---traffic jams, pollution, the Internet, privatisation, drug wars, globalisation, and sweeping political change. These stories might harken back to a simpler time of less justice but less uncertainty, when social status was more fixed and Mexican ways had not been sullied by MTV, MacDonalds, and Madonna. Mexico is no doubt better off nowadays. The view of Mexico provided by the history of the Conquest and by the broad strokes of Rivera, Orozco, and Sequeiros is not the only one. This group of stories, by a talented, somewhat-mysterious writer, ought to be much better known than they are because of their attention to smaller details on a more daily plane.

  • Tomé Silva
    2018-12-09 19:45

    desisti do livro já na página 80, e a culpa é da medíocre tradução de manuela gomes.

  • Steve Carter
    2018-11-19 22:46

    This is a collection of stories by the great writer of tales and Indian lives in the Central American jungle.It ends with Macario. I had seen the 1960 Mexican movie version of Macario twice before reading it. The original is better that the movie, but that is not unusual. The movie is quite good. This is a nice introduction to the world of Traven but I just hope more people read the series of jungle novels. They, in my opinion, are Traven's greatest work. (And I have yet to readThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Death Ship.)

  • Paulina Sanchez
    2018-12-02 23:36

    B. Traven, what a writer!This book contains two stories, "El visitante nocturno" and "Visita de medianoche". Both stories are set in Mexico and the protagonist is a man from the US (albeit, not the same man). The first was by far my favorite, it is the story of a man who buys land in the jungle and his closest neighbor (also a foreigner) has to go away and leaves him as his house-sitter. Then, at night an indian starts visiting and asking for his help. The story is rather creepy and haunting, the language that Traven uses (well, in this case with an excellent translation) crawls under your skin and at the same time teaches you about the history of the natives of the jungle. Though it is a work of fiction, Traven draws from historical fact, about how the natives were driven from their land, how they fought each other, and what their customs were. There's language and then there's structure, I will definitely have to read this one again because there were certain parts of the story that mimic each other, giving the sense of being in a dream or a sense of deja vu that is very effective in setting the mood for the story. The second is less creepy but very smart. It is about an unlicensed doctor who lives in a remote and dangerous town. He lives there growing corn and is surprised one night when three armed men come to his door. At first he hides from them but when he finds it is no use he goes with them and thus ensues a series of events that leave the reader with a story that is so well crafted that we don't know where it's going until it ends and everything falls into place quite nicely. In both of these stories I was pleasantly surprised by the play with words, with language, with historical references so well interweaved that it leaves a seamless story. When he leaves something unanswered it's even more interesting because the reader can take from what he has actually said and construct multiple satisfactory answers. I recommend this to anyone who likes magical realism, historical fiction, mystery, horror, suspense, or just a really well written story. Thanks Ulises, for the recommendation!

  • Esmidy
    2018-12-14 00:30

    One shouldn't pick up a B. Traven work expecting classic literary style or a cohesive story line. His writing is like a testosterone-laden campfire story from the perspective of an expatriate European who rolled up his sleeves and plunged deep into a pre-tourism Mexican culture of the 1920's and loved it, warts and all.He sees Mexico as only an outsider can and enables us to experience the same through his incisive talent for observation and description. His characterization of the culture of that era has an unmistakably authentic feel that transports the reader into his world. Traven writes with passion and you sense that he really wants you to know and appreciate the depth of the fascinating country that he stumbled into as a political fugitive.One of the stories from the Night Visitor, Macario (also known as The Third Guest), was made into an excellent Mexican movie. If you have enjoyed these stories, I recommend you seek it out.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-13 20:28

    10 stories mostly about an American living in Mexico. It seems so rare to find a writer capable of such an amazing talent for story telling. As I was reading it, I remember wishing I could lie as well as some of the characters in these stories, it's such an underrated talent."Sometimes I think that trouble with people today is that we don't destroy enough of the things and systems which we believe perfect...and by destroying them make room for absolutely new and different things and systems infinitely more perfect than the ones we destroyed."

  • Meleya
    2018-12-02 22:35

    This was my first dive into the work of B. Traven. I was going to read The Treasure of Sierra Madre first but before I could get to it someone had a hold on it and I had to return it. I had also checked this one out from the library as well and was immediately hooked. Great writing and an easy read. My favorite story was "Conversion of Some Indians." Check it out whether or not you've already read TSM.

  • Erok
    2018-12-10 23:42

    the stories were fun to read, especially if you are interested in mexican culture and pulling one over on the man, religion, rich folks, etc. i really enjoyed his way of expressing his worldview and we should treat each other through these short stories. i have to admit i was slightly disappointed by how some of the stories ended. for instance they didn't really tie everything together or reach a new understanding.

  • Artnoose McMoose
    2018-12-15 00:52

    I know a lot of people who are really into B. Traven, which is why I read his books. I liked these stories, sure, but I wasn't crazy about them. These particular stories I would file under the category of "white man lives in Central/South America and writes about it." In some ways I feel like he's sort of an anti-capitalist Hemingway.

  • A-ron
    2018-11-24 01:40

    This book was interesting, but did not knock my socks off. The Night Visitor was a good tale, but some of the others are not as memmorable.This book will mostly be of interest to people who are drawn to the mix of Gringo and Mexican culture in the South Western States and Northern Mexico.

  • Mitch
    2018-11-26 19:35

    As with about all short story anthologies, this one had a couple of superior stories and easily forgettable remainders.Best of the lot: "The Night Visitor" and "Macario".The book is worth reading for those two alone. I would have rated the collection higher, but I averaged its rating.

  • David
    2018-11-27 02:27

    Ten short stories set in Mexico; many deal with Mexican Indians and their superstitions or magic. Written in the 1920s and 1930s. Taken as a whole, definitely 4 stars.

  • Edward Diesel
    2018-11-21 22:31

    B Traven is one of my favorite writers.

  • Lawrence Millman
    2018-12-12 02:35

    B. Traven, long dead, is more contemporary tha any contemporary author. This collection is a good place to start for the Traven novice.

  • Doug
    2018-11-17 02:25

    wow

  • Rackve
    2018-12-03 22:26

    Fue de los primeros libros que leí por gusto, tendría como 10 años y lo mejor fue la gran sorpresa que me lleve, lo disfrute mucho.

  • Mike
    2018-11-21 23:49

    The usual excellently told short stories of B. Traven includes a tale of shamanistic vision induced through jungle isolation.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-25 21:43

    Wonderful stories set in small-town Mexico by the mysterious B. Traven.