Most Controversial Books: The world’s 5 most controversial books, ‘banned’ in many countries including India, ‘deadly’ attacks on authors, what is written in them?

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Highlights

  • Salman Rushdie was attacked because of the book
  • His book is in controversy for the last 34 years
  • Many other books in the world have been in controversy

Most Controversial Books: Many such books have been written all over the world, which get a lot of praise from the people, they are also given all kinds of awards. But some books only get into controversy because of the wrong reasons. One such book is ‘The Satanic Verses’. Last Friday, because of this book itself, its author was attacked with a deadly attack. Noted author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage at an event at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, after which he was hospitalized in critical condition. He has been taken off the ventilator for the time being. Rushdie spent nine years in hiding after the release of his fourth book, The Satanic Verses, in 1988.

Regarding this book, the then supreme religious leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, issued a fatwa for Rushdie’s murder, accusing him of blasphemy. This is the reason why the book has come into the limelight again. This is not the first book that has come under controversy. There are various reasons behind books getting into controversies, such as a character in the book may offend some section of the society, some people may not like the intimate scene between two unlikely characters.

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However, it also happens when the book gets into controversy due to a small issue. Over the decades, many books have become the cause of people’s anger for different reasons. Here today we are going to talk about such books.

The book “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

From the literary point of view, the book is beautifully written. But the reason for the controversy became its dark plot. It depicts the physical relationship between a very old man and a teenage girl. When the book was published in Britain in 1955, people were not ready to read the bold and dark story of ‘Lolita’.

Reviewing the book at the time, a man told the London Express it was “the dirtiest book I’ve ever read” and “sheer pornography”. Eventually the book was banned in Britain and France. It was not published in the US until 1958.

Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’

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'The Satanic Verses' by Salman Rushdie

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‘The Satanic Verses’ by Salman Rushdie

This book by Salman Rushdie has also been in controversies. It was first published in 1988, it is based on the life of Prophet Muhammad. However, people who believe in Islam called it extremely objectionable for many reasons. Iran first banned the book, and the then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued a death fatwa against Rushdie.

He ordered the Muslims to kill Rushdie. The book store where this book was available was attacked with a bomb. All the countries of the world banned the book, its copies were burnt. Rushdie had to hide in Britain under police protection for nine years after receiving repeated death threats.

D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

'Lady Chatterley's Lover' by DH Lawrence

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‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ by DH Lawrence

This book was in controversy in many countries including Britain. It tells the story of Lady Chatterleys, whose husband became impotent due to a disability. The woman had an affair with her groundkeeper, Oliver. Due to which there is also pornographic material in the book.

The book was banned in six countries – UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, USA and India. Furthermore, its unexplained version was not published in Britain until 1960, 30 years after the death of the book’s author, Lawrence, and 32 years after it was first published in Italy.

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Henry Miller’s ‘Tropic of Cancer’

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Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

This book was published in France in 1934. The book has been in controversy for its misogyny (content against women), sexually graphic content, and toxic masculinity.

After its 1961 publication in the US, it was heard in courts across the country. A judge said it was not a book, but “a sandbag, an open sewer, a pit of rot, a sordid rubbish rotten in the rubble of human corruption.”

Alice Walker’s ‘The Color Purple’

'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker

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‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

This 1982 book tells about the lives of black women in the South in the 1930s. It contains material containing rape, emotional abuse, sexism, incest and violence. However, the story in the book is beautifully written in an optimistic manner. Which later also won the Pulitzer Prize.

The author of this book, Alice Walker, became the first black woman to win this award. However, not all schools in the US accepted the book. He claimed it was too “obscene” and many libraries made the same argument.

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