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Was Akutagawa's Shōgun ("The General") ever censored in Japan? If so, how?

I know books which criticize the military were censored in Japan during the interwar period. I'm wondering if this specific story was censored, and if so, roughly when/for how long? Also, what did the ...
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Censorship reaction to Moravia's "La mascherata"

La mascherata is a novel by Alberto Moravia, published in 1941, during Italian fascist era. It is set in an imaginary dictatorship in Latin America. It is clearly a book against dictatorship. This ...
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What was the earlier expose of racism that Twain wrote that was censored?

This article claims Ironically, Huck Finn was conceived only after an earlier explicit exposé by Twain of slavery was censored. Does anyone have more information about this earlier expose? The name, ...
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Which two Indian states lifted the ban on The Da Vinci Code in or after 2006?

According to the Wikipedia article about Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (emphasis mine), Possibly the largest reaction [against the novel] occurred in Kolkata, India, where a group of around 25 ...
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Until what year was Machiavelli's The Prince banned in England?

Machiavelli's treatise The Prince, written in the early 16th century and first published in 1532, was placed on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1559. According to Robert Bireley, quoted on Wikipedia, ...
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Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived?

In 1907, Dhanpat Rai, who later adopted the pen name Premchand, published his first collection of short stories, entitled Soz-e-Watan. These stories were "full of patriotic fervour" (Mahmud, ...
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Was the end of the censorship of Magda Szabó's work directly related to events in 1956 or the Hungarian Thaw?

The Wikipedia article about Magda Szabó says, In 1949 she was awarded the Baumgarten Prize, which was immediately withdrawn when Szabó was labeled an enemy to the Communist Party. (...) The Stalinist ...
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What kind of censorship was Dostoevsky avoiding by obscuring place names?

In the opening paragraph of Crime and Punishment, two locations, S— Lane and K—n Bridge, are identified only by their first and final letters. My translation has a footnote which says that Dostoevsky ...
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You can enter prison for reading in Belarus, why?

#Belarus 66-year-old Halina Huliankova was sentenced to 20 days in prison for reading books of Belarusian authors. She was on a train together with other pensioners. She is being held at Akrescina. In ...
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Are Gutenberg books illegal to sell in Germany?

I am building an eBook reading service (paid) and I aim to distribute free classics available on Gutenberg Project. I have gone through all Gutenberg terms which allows me to do almost anything, but ...
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Evidence for the claim that placing Gide's works in the Index of Forbidden Books scandalised the author's admirers?

The French author André Gide (1869 – 1951) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. The author died in February 1951; in the following year, the Vatican placed his works on the Index of ...
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In George Orwell's Burmese Days, what word is the censored "b--s" supposed to be?

Here's a passage where Westfield talks about possibly having to allow Natives into the European club: "Got to put up with it, I suppose", he said. "B--s of natives are getting into all the Clubs ...
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What ticked off Soviet bosses about "Inhabited Island"?

Нет, конечно. Насколько я помню, мы ничего об этом Супермене и не знали тогда. Я уже писал, что Максим был нашим ответом начальству: не хотите серьезной литературы? Пожалуйста! Вот вам залипуха о ...
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In which countries was "The Story of Ferdinand" banned?

On the Wikipedia page for The Story of Ferdinand, it says this: The book was released nine months before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, and was seen by many supporters of Francisco Franco ...
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In which countries has Persepolis been banned?

Given its unflattering depiction of life in a certain type of society, I'm guessing that Persepolis may have been banned in more than one country in the past, but I'm not sure where to find this ...
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Why was My Uncle Napoleon banned in Iran?

The satirical novel My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad was briefly banned in Iran in the 1970s. Presumably this was because some aspects of its portrayal of Iranian society were considered ...
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Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn't about censorship. Is he right?

According to this question about Ray Bradbury's intentions, Ray Bradbury did not intend for Fahrenheit 451 to be about government censorship, and went so far as to say "Fuck you" to someone who argued ...
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What occult references caused The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to be banned in the Soviet Union?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fascination with spiritualism and the occult is well known. However, I was surprised to find out that his short stories collection The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was banned ...
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Why was the book Animal Farm banned in non-communist countries?

I understand why it was banned in the USSR, because it's pretty blatant satire of the USSR. It's also still banned in North Korea for the same reason. But why was it banned in the United Arab ...
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George Orwell's 1984 banned for contradictory reasons?

The book 1984, being about suppression of information itself, was banned in the USSR for being anti-communist, but it also was banned in the USA for being pro-communist. Is there any analysis where ...
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Has The Danish Girl novel been banned in any countries?

There is a film The Danish Girl based on the fictional novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The film has been banned in some countries on grounds of moral depravity. Has the novel been banned ...
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How did the Strugatsky Brothers' experience with Soviet literary publishing censorship reflect on their books?

It's well known that the Strugatsky brothers were affected by the censors overseeing the publishing of their work. How did those experiences reflect in their books? The question is about the ...
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Why was The Call of the Wild banned?

I periodically see Jack London's The Call of the Wild on banned book lists, but I'm not sure why it would be – it doesn't seem that controversial. I found ALA's page cataloguing the reasons given for ...
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