Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I have something a little bit different for you all. I was recently contacted by Isabel Cabrera of Global English Editing about sharing their Map of Forbidden Books in 2019 on my blog to coincide with Banned Books Week (22nd – 28th September 2019) and I agreed.
Introduction by Isabel Cabrera.
Known as the Streisand effect, the most effective way to make something incredibly popular is to ban it.
Governments around the world should probably heed this fact when it comes to banning books they don’t like.
In 2019, scores of books are still banned by governments around the world. From all works by Liu Xiaobo in China, including his critically acclaimed No Enemies, No Hatred, to The Satanic Versus by Salman Rushdie in dozens of countries, classic books are off-limits in many places.
Luckily, this usually only increases their notoriety and makes them more appealing. After all, who doesn’t like reading a book deemed by someone else too subversive to read?
Banned Books Week is an initiative by the American Library Association and Amnesty International. Held in the last week of September each year, the event shines a spotlight on books previously or currently restricted in libraries and schools in the United States.
To help show support for the freedom to read, and kick start Banned Books Week beginning this Monday, Global English Editing have created this epic map of books banned around the world in 2019.
You can also venture to the Global English Editing blog to read a summary of each book, and the reasons why they’ve been banned.
A Map of Forbidden Books in 2019.