Banned & Challenged

Banned & Challenged

Books that have been banned or challenged in their native countries.

Banned & Challenged  

  • Language:  Arabic, English
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  John Steinbeck

    Originally published in 1937, this novel tells the story of two displaced migrant farm workers who move around California searching for work during the Great Depression. It has been banned or challenged numerous times for offensive and racist language and appears on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of the...

    $21.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Iraj Pezeshkzad

    The wildly popular Iranian novel has sold millions of copies, and when it was banned by the Islamic Republic in 1979, the novel, along with its counterpart television series, continued to thrive underground.  The tension between reality and imagination comes to a head when a pathetic little man, because of his real-life failures, turns...

    $29.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Biography
    Author:  Detainee Jehad

    On March 10, 2015, a riot broke out between prison staff and inmates at Bahrain's notorious Jau Prison. After riot police regained control, the prisoners endured weeks of brutal torture. Human Rights Watch (HRW) corroborates the event. This is the true story by an inmate known only as "Jehad" of the horrific events of that day and the aftermath...

    $24.95
  • Language:  German
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Harper Lee

    Considered one of the best novels of the 20th century, yet consistently banned and challenged since it was first published in 1962, Harper Lee's novel of race relations in the 1930s American South has been translated into 40 languages with 40 million copies sold. It is available here in German and is a Spiegel bestseller.

    $26.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Abbad Yahya

    In the face of death threats and a ban on his novel, Palestinian author, Abbad Yahya is now living in exile. The Palestinian Authority has banned this book because it "threatens morality and public decency".  The novel chronicles the lives of three young men, one of whom is gay, who are involved in a woman's murder in the city of Ramallah...

    $28.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Short Stories
    Author:  Hassan Blasim

    The English translation of this critically-acclaimed collection of short stories won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and was named one of Publisher's Weekly 10 Best Books of the Year.  This Arabic version is banned in Jordan.  The author, Hassan Blasim, fled Iraq due to persecution and now lives in exile in Finland....

    $23.95
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  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Naguib Mahfouz

    The infamous alley of this rich, intricate and formerly banned novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) is inhabited by a modern Egyptian family, but is also the setting of a second, hidden, and more daring story: the spiritual history of mankind. The inhabitants of the Cairene neighborood unwittingly reenact the lives of their holy ancestors.

    $34.95
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  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Harper Lee

    Considered one of the best novels of the 20th century, yet consistently banned and challenged since it was first published in 1962, Harper Lee's novel of race relations in the 1930s American South has been translated into 40 languages with 40 million copies sold.  It is available here in a new Arabic 2016 edition. 

    $36.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Abdullah al-Busais

    Banned in Kuwait by the Information Ministry, this novel by Abdullah al-Busais talks about life in Kuwait before and after the invasion of Iraq. At the center of the story is a bidoon youth growing up in the Gulf State in the 1980s and 1990s, a sensitive period in Kuwait's history. The bidoon are people living in and contributing to Kuwaiti...

    $19.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Elias Khoury

    Banned from the Cairo International Book Fair (2008) and throughout the Middle East, this story of a Christian woman in 1940s Palestine alternates between dreamlike sequences and fragile states of reality.  This is the 11th novel by Elias Khoury, a Lebanese author known for using fiction to "dissolve boundaries" and give a "voice to refugees."

    $26.95
  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Ahmad Naji

    An experimental novel with original illustrations about life in Cairo. This book has been challenged on moral grounds in Egypt and the author is currently in prison. Click here for more information and an excerpt in English.  Winner: PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award 2016.

    $26.95
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  • Language:  Arabic
    Subject:  Novels
    Author:  Ray Bradbury

    Translation of Ray Bradbury's internationally-acclaimed novel about a dystopian society where TV rules and literature is on the brink of extinction. Firemen set fires, rather than extinguishing them, by burning the printed book and any houses that hide this illegal commodity.

    $23.95
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