Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Mysterious B. Traven

For years now people have wondered about the identity of one B. Traven, novelist, photographer, and journalist, who wrote several books about Mexico; he died in Mexico City in 1969. He seems to have been an anarchist, and his books nearly always express lots of sympathy and solidarity with working people. But nobody's sure if he was born in the US, like he claimed, or in Germany, for which there is quite a bit of evidence. Traven wrote "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," made into a classic John Huston film with Humphrey Bogart. He was also a favorite of Edward Abbey. But who the heck was he?

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