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14 Books You Will Never Believe Are Banned Abroad

Looks like the US is not the only one fond of red tape...

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1. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

Where: LebanonWhen: 2004Why: Brown's story depicted Mary Magdelene as mothering a child with Jesus, considered by many to be an affront to Christianity.
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Where: Lebanon

When: 2004

Why: Brown's story depicted Mary Magdelene as mothering a child with Jesus, considered by many to be an affront to Christianity.

2. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

Where: Queensland, AustraliaWhen: 1991Why: 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.

Where: Queensland, Australia

When: 1991

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.

3. The Call of the Wild - Jack London

Where: Italy, YugoslaviaWhen: 1929Why: Many objected to London's dark portrayal of humanity and considered the novel too "radical."
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Where: Italy, Yugoslavia

When: 1929

Why: Many objected to London's dark portrayal of humanity and considered the novel too "radical."

4. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

Where: ChinaWhen: 1999Why: China thought that the novel's description of how to make explosive devices would prove harmful.
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Where: China

When: 1999

Why: China thought that the novel's description of how to make explosive devices would prove harmful.

5. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Where: Ireland, TurkeyWhen: 1953, 1973 (respectively)Why: Steinbeck's glorification of the working poor was thought by many to threaten capitalism, and considered by some countries as "propaganda."
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Where: Ireland, Turkey

When: 1953, 1973 (respectively)

Why: Steinbeck's glorification of the working poor was thought by many to threaten capitalism, and considered by some countries as "propaganda."

6. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Where: South AfricaWhen: 1955Why: Deemed "obscene" by the South African Apartheid government when it was banned, the novel's themes of rebellion were considered harmful to the regime.
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Where: South Africa

When: 1955

Why: Deemed "obscene" by the South African Apartheid government when it was banned, the novel's themes of rebellion were considered harmful to the regime.

7. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Where: IrelandWhen: 1932Why: Huxley's depiction of sexuality in the novel was thought too explicit for Irish audiences.
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Where: Ireland

When: 1932

Why: Huxley's depiction of sexuality in the novel was thought too explicit for Irish audiences.

8. Animal Farm - George Orwell

Where: Cuba, North KoreaWhen: 1945Why: Orwell's none-too-subtle critique of Communism unsurprisingly landed his novel on the banned books list for Cuba and North Korea.
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Where: Cuba, North Korea

When: 1945

Why: Orwell's none-too-subtle critique of Communism unsurprisingly landed his novel on the banned books list for Cuba and North Korea.

9. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Where: Argentina, New ZealandWhen: 1956Why: Renowned for its risque premise, Lolita remains banned in Argentina and New Zealand for its 'obscene' sexual content.
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Where: Argentina, New Zealand

When: 1956

Why: Renowned for its risque premise, Lolita remains banned in Argentina and New Zealand for its 'obscene' sexual content.

10. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

Where: Madrid, SpainWhen: 1605Why: 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.
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Where: Madrid, Spain

When: 1605

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.

11. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

Where: IranWhen: 2004Why: Satrapi's coming-of-age story about a girl growing up under an oppressive Islamic regime in Iran earned the ire of Iran officials.
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Where: Iran

When: 2004

Why: Satrapi's coming-of-age story about a girl growing up under an oppressive Islamic regime in Iran earned the ire of Iran officials.

12. The Gulf Between Us - Geraldine Bedell

Where: United Arab EmiratesWhen: 2009Why: The U.A.E. banned Bedell's novel for its depiction of a homosexual sheikh.
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Where: United Arab Emirates

When: 2009

Why: The U.A.E. banned Bedell's novel for its depiction of a homosexual sheikh.

13. The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

Where: Iran, Venezuela, Singapore, India, and 10 other countriesWhen: 1988Why: 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.
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Where: Iran, Venezuela, Singapore, India, and 10 other countries

When: 1988

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

Where: IranWhen: 2005Why: 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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Where: Iran

When: 2005

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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