10 Unexpected Banned Books By Governments

Banned books are those to which free access is not allowed. These books are banned under book censorship board and collect information on violence, social issues and human rights. The following books have been banned in various countries around the world. Books Censor board standards vary by country and can also vary within a country due to different moral attitudes in different social groups. The following list contains 10 Unexpected Banned Books by Governments of several countries of the world. Moreover, the following list is ranked according to the popularity and content of the books.
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10. The Country Girls

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The Country Girls is the first novel by Edna O’Brien, published in 1960. The story is about two young Irish girls who struggle to maintain their ear shattering relationship. It was banned by Ireland’s censorship board due to its extreme explicit adult content. The novel breaks silence on social issues during despotic and the strict era in Ireland.

9. An Area of Darkness

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An Area of Darkness is a book written by V.S. Naipaul in 1964. It consist experiences of Naipaul’s trip in the 1960s. From South India to North India (Himalaya) he experiences a confused cross section of humanity, bullied government workers and overbearing servants. The book was banned in India for its negative sketch of India and its people. But the it was considered to be one of the most graceful and passionate books ever written.

8. Tropic of Cancer

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Tropic of Cancer is a novel written by Henry Miller that has been considered as infamous for its adult content. It was published in 1934 in Paris, but banned in the United States and Canada for its vulgar content. The novel was also adapted for the film of the same name in 1970. The novel is widely regarded as an important masterpiece of literature.

7. The Devil’s Discus

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The Devil’s Discus is an investigation case study of the death of King Ananda Mahidol of Thailand by Rayne Kruger. The book consists four main sections which are each further divided into chapters. In his final section he concluded that the mystery behind the king’s death was suicide. He supports this with the love story between the king and a student in Switzerland which would not have been acceptable to Thailand’s royal group. It was first published in 1964 and banned in Thailand including all the work of the author.

6. The Da Vinci Code

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The Da Vinci Code is a mystery detective novel written by Dan Brown in 2003. The book faces many controversies and has been disgraced by many Christian communities as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It is one of the bestselling books of all time and over 80 million copies have been sold worldwide. It has also been translated into 44 languages. This book was banned in many regions of India by the Congress government for containing some impious comments on Jesus.

5. Ulysses

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Ulysses is a novel written by Irish writer James Joyce. It was first entirely published by Sylvia Beach in 1922. The novel is considered to be one of the most important and notable works of modernist literature. In 1998, the Modern Library, a publishing company ranked Ulysses first on the list of best English language novels of the 20th century. But the book has attracted many controversies, impurity and vulgarity. The magazine was declared nasty and offensive and was banned in the United States.

4. The Satanic Verses

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The Satanic Verses was first published in 1988 and based on the life of Prophet Muhammad. The novel faced many controversies and as the result the import of the book was banned in India. The book was also banned in Iran, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Pakistan, Liberia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand for disrespect against Islam.

3. American Psycho

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American Psycho is a novel written by Bret Easton Ellis and published in 1991. The story is about Patrick Bateman, a serial killer and a businessman. The book faced many controversies before and after publication due to graphic violence and sexual content. Now the sale and purchased was banned in the state of Queensland, Australia and only available to 18 year or older people.

2. Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India

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Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India is a biography of Indian political leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book is about the time when Gandhi was in South Africa and returned to India. The book review sketches the relationship between Gandhi and his friend Hermann Kallenback. The author has stated that the homosexual interpretation of his work is a mistake. Currently the book is banned in Gujarat, the native state of Mahatma Gandhi.

1. Mein Kampf

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Mein Kampf is an autobiography by the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler. The first part was published in 1925 and consist his political ideology and future plans for Germany. As a work on political theory Mein Kampf announced to completely destroy the parliamentary system. His autobiography grew in popularity and gathered the tax of US $8 million from the sale of over 240,000 copies. But the book was banned in the Russian Federation and several European countries.

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