Kuwait bans about a thousand books, including a novel by Russian Dostoevsky


The Kuwaiti authorities have thousands of books on the blacklist and have banned them from participating in the international book fair that opened its 43rd session on Wednesday (November 14th).

Director of the Kuwaiti International Book Fair Saad al-Anzi said that the Ministry of Information banned 948 books, including a novel by a Russian writer, journalist and philosopher Fyodor Dostoevsky, brother of Karamazov, a Russian novel of the nineteenth century that deals with ethics, free will and religion.

Dostoevsky's book joins a growing list of banned books in Kuwait. Over the past five years, the Ministry of Information has selected more than 4,000 titles on the black list, including the novel "Cage of Notre Dame" by French novelist Victor Hugo and "100 Years of Solitude" by Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

All titles in the 43rd edition of the Kuwaiti Book Fair, which lasted until November 24, were presented to the censorship committee in accordance with the Kuwaiti regulations.

The Commission acts in accordance with the law published in 2006 in the press and publications defining a series of literary "crimes" penalized by publishers in the literature and the press.

Among them is regret over Islam and Kuwaiti judiciary that threaten national security, the "promotion of strikes" and the implementation of "immoral" actions.

A number of Kuwaiti activists stepped out on a two-way street in September to protest against increased censorship. In the 1970s and 1980s, Kuwait was a regional publishing house and home to many famous scientific and literary books.


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