2. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Where: Queensland, Australia
Why: Ellis’ novel was considered by many to bee too graphically violent and profane for public consumption. Even in the rest of Australia and New Zealand, only shrink-wrapped copies are available for people above 18.
4. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Why: China thought that the novel’s description of how to make explosive devices would prove harmful.
10. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Where: Madrid, Spain
Why: Quixote’s landmark epic was banned for a mere sentence, “Works of charity performed negligently are of no value,” which was considered offensive to Catholicism.
13. The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
Where: Iran, Venezuela, Singapore, India, and 10 other countries
Why: Perhaps the most famous banned book controversy, Rushdie’s novel earned him death threats and condemnation from many countries for its negative portrayal of Islam.
14. The Zahir - Paulo Coelho
Why: While the Iranian government has offered no official reason for its banning of Coelho’s novel, the Culture of Ministry is allegedly very afraid of “the increasing popularity of Paulo Coelho.” The novel is thought by some to be critical of Islam.
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