10 of the most famous forbidden books that excited literary men and just fans of reading, below is a list of these books.
1. Aldous Huxley, The Wonderful New World (1932)
Written in 1931 and published a year later, the novel was intended to be a parody of H.G. Wells' utopia, People Like Gods. In Ireland, it was banned due to the controversial topic of childbirth, and in several states in America, the removal from school libraries was motivated by "too negative thoughts."
2. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
The writer showed a real human tragedy. He focuses the reader's attention on a family from Oklahoma who have fled their homelands due to drought, economic crisis and changes in farming. Despite the enthusiastic acceptance of the book by the literary elite, it was officially banned in the United States and publicly condemned.
3. Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Without a shadow of embarrassment, Miller described sexual relationships with his friends and fellow writers. As soon as the book was released, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Musmanno stated, “This is not a book. It is a cesspool, a gutter, a hotbed of decay, a slimy collection of everything that is in the rotten remains of human depravity. "
4. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, or Children's Crusade, (1969)
The plot of the book: American soldier Billy Pilgrim (a kind of alter ego of the author), disoriented during the Battle of the Ardennes in World War II, is captured by the Germans and detained in Dresden, in an old slaughterhouse. In the United States, the book was banned in order not to put the psyche of children to the test with dark scenes.
5. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses, (1988)
After a terrible plane crash, Gibreel Farishita must rebuild his life, while everything in Saladin Chamchi's life falls apart. Many Muslims considered the writer's attitude towards Islam blasphemous. In Venezuela, if you are caught reading this book, you will receive 15 months in prison.
6. Stephen Chobsky, “It's Good to Be Quiet, ” (1999)
The book tells the life story of a boy "Charlie", who writes letters to his anonymous friend. Charlie describes the life of a teenager in which he is faced with bullying, drugs, sexual harassment. Due to the large number of sexual scenes, the book is regularly included in the top ten list of books by the Association of American Librarians, which are prohibited from lending.
7. Chinua Achebe, “Decay”, (1958)
This is the story of Okonkwo, the chief and local wrestling champion in Umofiya, a fictional region of nine settlements in Nigeria. Shows the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the traditional African community of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Banned in Malaysia due to criticism of colonialism and its consequences.
8. Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho, (1991)
The story of the American successful businessman and serial killer Patrick Bateman, which is based on the description of the experience of living in one of the prosperous areas of New York in the 80s.
Anyone who has seen the movie based on the book will understand why it was banned. The novel was deemed harmful to minors in Germany and its sales were limited.
9. Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis", (1915)
Traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who financially supports his parents and sister, wakes up and realizes that he has turned into a giant beetle. Gradually, relatives forget about Gregor, who was once a favorite of the family. Kafka's works were banned under the Nazi and Soviet regimes, as well as in independent Czechoslovakia, since Kafka refused to write in Czech and wrote only in German.
10. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, (1955)
The story of a man and his painful passion for young girls. Attracted to the 12-year-old daughter of a New England woman, he marries her mother to cover up his sinful passion. The Sunday Express editor called Nabokov's novel "the dirtiest book I've ever read." The publishing house has withdrawn all copies from circulation under the pretext of their pornographic content.