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Kuwait Steps Up Book Banning

“Prize winners are not immune — in fact they seem to be frequent victims. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by the Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, is banned because of a scene in which a wife sees her husband naked […]”

by Rod Nordland

KUWAIT — No book, it seems, is too substantive or too insignificant to be banned in Kuwait. Recent targets of the government’s literary censors include an encyclopedia with a picture of Michelangelo’s David and a Disney version of The Little Mermaid.
David had no fig leaf, and the mermaid, alas, wore half a bikini.
“There are no hijab-wearing mermaids,” said Shamayel al-Sharikh, a Kuwaiti women’s activist. “The powers that be thought her dress was promiscuous. It’s humiliating.”

Please, read on here on the NYT website, October 1, 2018.






on 02.10.2018 at 13:08
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